LVIA receives $8 million to renovate its primary runway

Written by on July 9, 2021

LVIA receives $8 million to renovate its primary runway

By Genesis Ortega

July 9, 2021

The runway at your local airport is getting an upgrade. 

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The Federal Aviation Administration is providing close to $8 million to renovate the primary runway at the Lehigh Valley International Airport. 

“It’s part of an ongoing multi-year $90-million overall project that we’ve been underway on since about 2018,” says Tom Stoudt, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

Unlike highways and roads, Stoudt says runway pavement doesn’t usually need significant maintenance.

“All of the pavement is designed then to be able to withstand the impact of all those landings and the weight of those aircrafts for the next 20 years,” Stoudt says.

The renovation will also mean two planned airfield closures in September. 

“No passenger airline flights in those few days, no cargo activity, no airplane activity at all. So it will be a very quiet airport while we’re working on what ends up being the intersection of our two runways here at the airport,” he says. 

Since airlines are aware of the closures, Stoudt says that won’t mean canceled flights. 

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