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Greenwood airport open after construction work

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The Greenwood Municipal Airport reopened Wednesday afternoon after being closed for more than three weeks.

Workers closed the airport while doing construction to the runway as part of a $1.1 million runway-lengthening project. The closure lasted nearly two weeks longer than expected because of rain that soaked the ground and made it impossible to get heavy construction trucks where they need to go.

Hundreds of planes were diverted to other area airports, and Greenwood had been losing about $10,000 a day in fuel sales.

But the work was finished and the airport was able to reopen to all jets and recreational planes on Wednesday, airport manager Ralph Hill said. The airport will need to be closed again for a day or two at a time later this year, so workers can finish grooving and painting markings.

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