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Airport board seeks grant help

Airport projects expected to be completed this year include reconstruction of a runway at Fort Wayne International Airport and a new taxiway at Smith Field.

New snow removal equipment is also on the wish list for the Fort Wayne airport.

The projects depend on the level of federal and state funding, said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports.

Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority board members approved pursuing the grants Monday.

Although Hinderman is confident the funding is forthcoming, the scope and cost of each project or equipment purchase has not been finalized, he said.

The full cost of the projects will not be known until bids are opened, he said.

“The FAA issues grants on bids, not on anticipated cost,” Hinderman said.

The authority does receive a preliminary estimate of what the costs might be, he said, but he declined to disclose those figures.

The snow removal equipment for FWA would include two multifunction vehicles with a 24-foot plow in front and a 22-foot-tall, high-speed broom underneath the vehicle.

An 8,000-foot secondary runway will be designed and reconstructed at Fort Wayne International Airport and a new taxiway will be constructed at Smith Field to accommodate the approach end of one of the airport’s runways.

The taxiway is necessary after the airport relocated the fuel services last summer to the building that was previously used for Ivy Tech’s mechanics program, Hinderman said.

The bids for the snow removal went out Monday and will be opened in the next month or so. Advertising for bids on the other projects will take place in the next two months, he said.

At the next Airport Authority meeting in February, board members will discuss selling a parcel of land near Pleasant Center and Bluffton roads, Hinderman said.