Airport runway to close Monday for work

COVINGTON - The runway at Covington Municipal Airport will be closed beginning Monday for rehabilitation.

The length of time for the closure has not been established, according to City Manager Steve Horton.

"It will remain closed as long as the work proceeds. We have what is called the runway protection zone. Until they get out of that area and its right of way, we can't open the runway," he said.

The fixed-base operator, Atlanta East Aviation, and owners of planes housed at the airport can still do maintenance work on their aircraft while the project is ongoing, Horton said.

The work to be done includes rehabilitation of 4,200 feet of runway and an apron, along with relocation of the fuel farm and some grading and paving on the southeast end of the runway.

The cost for the project totals more than $5.4 million, with approximately $2 million to be reimbursed by the Federal Aviation Administration and $2.5 million by the Georgia Department of Transportation, leaving the local contribution at about $884,000.

The contract has been awarded to Pittman Construction of Conyers.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.