Airport to start work on runway resurfacing April 30

The main runway at Dickinson County’s Ford Airport in Kingsford will be resurfaced as part of a $5.4 million project. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News Photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — A runway resurfacing will tentatively close Ford Airport in Kingsford to commercial flights from April 30 through May 14, Dickinson County Controller Brian Bousley said Monday.

The main runway, which hasn’t had a major resurfacing since 1999, will be shut down during the project, which is expected to take about 15 days with crews working around the clock.

During construction, the county airport should still be able to accommodate Fed-Ex freight deliveries as well as air ambulance flights.

The start date of April 30 isn’t final, Bousley said, but that’s the target. SkyWest Airlines may provide updates as schedules are confirmed.

About $4.85 million in federal funding for the resurfacing and related improvements was confirmed in August. The runway is about 6,500 feet in length and 150 feet wide.

Both the county and the Michigan Department of Transportation will pay 5 percent, or $269,000, of the $5.4 million project. Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain is the main contractor om the project.


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