CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Construction on one of Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s three runways is expected to begin later this month.
Crews will begin replacing degrading concrete on runway 8L/26R, an east-west runway just north of the airport terminal building, on June 22. Ford Airport officials said the project will not impact airport operations since it has two other operable runways and should be completed within 90 days.
The runway is primarily used to accommodate smaller general aviation and flight training activity. Officials say the project will allow the West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) to continue to expand and provide quality flight training.
Young pilots from the WMAA currently account for over 2,000 annual takeoffs and landings at the airport.