Funding delays stall Norwich airport project

NORWICH Ė Federal funding delays are holding up a tree removal project that would make the landing strip of the Lt. Warren Eaton airport more visible to incoming pilots.

Trees on private properties surrounding the county-owned airport in Norwich have grown so tall that they obstruct pilotsí view and, in accordance with FAA regulations, are limmiting runway use to daytime hours.

The county has contracted with Clough Harbour, an Albany-based engineering and consulting firm, to work on the project. According to Clough Harbour representatives, any hope of improving the airport in the future starts with compliance of FAA regulations. This means cutting trees that are blocking pilotsí approach to the runway and are limiting nighttime use.

The present challenge, said Clough Harbour engineer Paul McDonnell, is that Congress hasnít released 2016 federal funding yet, and thatís stalling plans locally.

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