Washington County Airport closed until June 3

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Washington County Airport is closed until 7 a.m. Tuesday due to runway paving.

Scott Gray, airport executive director, said, “We have lighted Xs that flash all day and all night to warn pilots of the runway closure.”

Although the closure is noted on the Federal Aviation Administration’s notices to airmen, or NOTAM, website, the white lights serve as a caution to aviators who haven’t checked with the FAA or airport, which straddles North Franklin and South Franklin townships.

Crews are working from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, although they were hampered Tuesday by rainstorms.

The county commissioners awarded a $1,510,236 contract to the low bidder, Lindy Paving of New Galilee, Beaver County, to rehabilitate Taxiway B, the terminal apron and hangar taxi lanes. The commissioners received approvals from the Washington County Redevelopment Authority and L.R. Kimball and Associates, engineers. Federal taxpayers are picking up a 90 percent share of the project ,while the rest is being funded by state taxpayers and the Local Share of gambling revenues from The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

Other phases of the project will be readvertised for a July 2 bid opening. That work also will close the airport for a time this summer.

A $284,550 contract to Cunningham Paving Inc. for microsurfacing work was bid through the redevelopment authority, which administers the county airport.

Those who house aircraft at the county airport were given the chance to “relocate if they chose to,” Gray said. “Most left their airplanes, but some moved to Allegheny County, Pittsburgh or Wheeling so they could have access to their planes during the week.”

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