Ontario Construction News staff writer
Hornepayne Municipal Airport has a newly resurfaced runway along with a new LED lighting system that local officials say will enhance the local economy.
The Airport Runway & Terminal Refurbishment Project, led by AVIA NG, was funded by the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) with $2.9 million from the federal government and $1.6 million from the province.
The township also contributed $323,000.
Additional work will be completed in phase to – including airport fuel tank and pumping system replacement as well as upgrades to the terminal building including electrical/technological, doors and windows.
The Township of Hornepayne initiated the project to extend the life of the airport which, due to the geographical location, is vital to the isolated community.
“Safety is paramount to ensure we can have successful and meaningful lives where we live,” Hornepayne Mayor Cheryl Fort said in a news release. “The upgrades to our airport ensure that now and into the far future we can safely be transported when required to medical facilities, plus it allows our community to explore further investment opportunities for our region.
“Today is a happy day for our community! Thank you to our partners at the Federal and Provincial Governments for the significant investment into our lives.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the Airport in the coming weeks to celebrate milestone.