Thursday, September 07, 2000

Runway study won't be ready this year

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — A key environmental impact study for the proposed north-south runway at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport won't be available until at least next year, airport officials said Wednesday.

        That would back up approval of the new runway even further, Dale Huber, the airport's deputy director of aviation, told a meeting of the Aviation Noise Abate ment Committee.

        “Three to six months is a fair estimate, and I don't want to be tied down to it,” Mr. Huber said of the length of the delay.

        The draft of the Federal Aviation Administration environmental impact study was originally due in August but was then backed up until October, Mr. Huber said. This further delay in the FAA report was because of the complexity of the proposed project, he said.

        The impact survey is a necessary step of the approval process and the draft would be circulated for public comment once released. The Kenton County Airport Board approved an archaeological survey of the airport, including the new site, and that, too, could slow the process.

        The airport wants to construct a new 8,000-foot runway, first proposed about five years ago, to handle overflow arrival traffic.


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