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Airport reopens, but only during day

COVINGTON -- Covington Municipal Airport reopened Wednesday morning, for daylight hours only, after being closed since September.

"The opening is presently for daylight hours only as work is still ongoing on the electrical/lighting system. Due to the continuing electrical work, the airport will not be open continuously on a daily basis as closures will be necessary any time work is going on inside the runway protection zone," said City Manager Steve Horton.

The opening of the airport has been delayed several times due to rain and cold temperatures, which hampered the ongoing improvement project.

The runway has been closed since mid-September for the project, which 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.