Officials hope to open new Evansville airport runway to more than top planes next week


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EVANSVILLE, Indiana — A new 1.5 mile runway at an Ohio River airport has been opened by the flying of balsa wood airplanes by officials.

The models hurled by officials Friday at the Evansville Regional Airport were just part of a ceremony. It still be a few days before the balsa wood's larger brethren and take off and land at the airport.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports ( ) the extension was mandated by the Federal Aviation Agency for safety, but Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says it's also vital to economic development in the city.

The changes move the runway farther from U.S. 41.

Airport Executive Director Doug Joest says he hopes to have the new runway in operation next week.

The project and related changes cost a total of $66.1 million.

Information from: Evansville Courier & Press,

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