Newton secures additional funding for airport runway project

The airport in Newton will receive an additional $380,484 for the Newton City/County Airport’s runway reconstruction project, according to a news release.

The federal funds were distributed through the state Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program.

According to the release, nearly $5.8 million from the Federal Aviation Administration already has been secured for the $6.4 million project.

Newton’s runway reconstruction was one of 46 projects around the state selected for the airport improvement program funding.

Last fall, contractor Dondlinger Construction finished the first phase of the project, replacing pavement on the south end of the 7,000-foot runway. Phases 2 and 3, which will reconstruct the middle and northern pieces of the runway, will begin this spring.

The existing concrete runway was built in 1944.