Construction of a new runway at Des Moines international airport should begin
Estimated cost of the project is roughly $42 million, an
airport spokesman says.
But the city must purchase one residential property and four
vacant properties near the airport before ground can be broken on the runway.
acquired the seventh of 11 required vacant lots near the airport for roughly
$1.4 million in December; it has already purchased 21 residential properties.
The airport has been using FAA funding to purchase the
property since it started the endeavor in 2004; the FAA pays 95% and the
airport covers the remainder, the airport’s master plan says.
Moines airport is crafting a letter of intent to
secure a long-term commitment from the FAA for the remaining properties and new
Airport staff anticipates submitting the letter in March
with FAA feedback expected in October, deputy director of operations and
maintenance Shawn Arena says in an email.
Eventually the 5,500-foot (1,676m) third runway scheduled
for completion in 2012 will be extended to 9,000 feet, the length of the
existing runways, the airport’s spokesman says.
Previously the airport operated with three runways, but
closed and removed one of its parallel runways in 2001 to lengthen a cross runway
by 2,200 feet to accommodate future potential international air cargo.