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City to begin airport improvement plan
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There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

The Covington City Council voted unanimously to begin a five-year Capital Improvement Plan beginning with the preparation for a new terminal in the year 2016-17.

Starting in fiscal year 2016, the plan will consist of utility relocation to the southeast apron and paving and lighting construction. Then in 2017, runway widening, approach lighting system and plans for the new terminal building will commence.

Following 2017, a three-year update will be needed and phase two of the CIP will begin. That consists of runway widening, a T-Hangar building design, taxiays and concrete slab design and apron fuel facility construction. In 2019, the plan calls for T-Hangar building construction, maintenance hangar design and southeast apron construction. The final year of the five-year plan will see the maintenance hangar built, Williams Road development and southeast apron construction.

The project is expected to cost $1.5 million, of which the city already has budgeted through FAA reimbursements.

For more on this story see Sunday's The Covington News.