Des Moines International Airport to undertake $45m runway facelift

10 February 2015 (Last Updated February 10th, 2015 18:30)

The Des Moines International Airport in Iowa, US, is expected to reconstruct one of its runways with financial backing from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Des Moines International Airport in Iowa, US, is expected to reconstruct one of its runways with financial backing from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Des Moines Register cited the airport's executive director Kevin Foley as saying that runway 13/31 is designed in a way that it cuts the airfield diagonally from the north-west to the south-east, and according to a pavement study, it was concluded that the airstrip needed to be replaced.

The project is expected to take three years to complete and is likely to cost $45m.

Forley highlighted that the runway's original pavement was more than 60 years old, and a sinkhole on the runway forced the airport to shut it down for repair.

"The project is expected to take three years to complete and is likely to cost $45m."

The FAA announced that it will allocate $12.7m for the first phase of the project which includes repair of the longest section of the runway.

The work is expected to take place in mid-2015. The next phase will be conducted in 2017 followed by another one in 2018.

The FAA has not provided the capital for the latter phases, but according to airport officials, the $12.7m investment hints towards agency's willingness to fund the project.

The airport is expected to function normally during the repair but only one runway will be functional.

However, according to Des Moines International Airport, the rebuilding project will not be related to its $400m new terminal construction project.