UPDATE: Solution Found for Jefferson County Airport Runway Woes
Jefferson County -
There is hope in sight for a local airport that has been closed with runway issues.
After many phone calls and discussions between the stakeholders involved with the airport overnight Tuesday, Jefferson County Commissioners have decided to go with Michael Baker Corporation's recommendation for fixing a crumbling runway. That means 3/4 of an inch will be milled of the asphalt which will take off a majority of the sealant that is causing the problem.
Officials hope to have the airport back open by the middle of next week. ORIGINAL STORY:
A local airport remained closed on Tuesday while officials deal with some major paving issues.
The Jefferson County Airport is working to fix a large number of cracks in the runway before it's too late. The issue, which is caused by a crack sealing material problem, was pointed out to the airport board last week.
On Tuesday morning, a special meeting was held by the commissioners to discuss which contractor's recommendation they should use to fix this problem. "I'm just a little disappointed that we didn't hear anything about this in the design and testing phase, because it's obvious if you walk down the runway you can see the crack sealer; it's obvious," said Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Gentile.
The commissioners received two recommendations; one from a current contractor, and then an outside one, both with different solutions.
Another meeting will be held Wednesday where a decision could be made.