The Genesee County Legislature Wednesday awarded contracts that will bring the county airport close to the end of a five-year $7.5 million expansion and renovation project.
A $615,000 contract was awarded to Keeler Construction Co. of Albion, the lowest of five bidders, for rehab construction of the original 4,400 foot runway. The runway was extended to 5,500 feet last year to accommodate corporate jets.
C&S Engineers of Syracuse was given an $85,620 contract to oversee construction of a new airfield lighting system. That replacement will be done at a cost of $782,280 by Baseline King of Oneida under a contract awarded by the legislature last month.
C&S Engineers won another contract worth $294,016 for consulting, planning and environmental services at the airport.
Highway Superintendent Timothy J. Hens said a new five-year plan will begin soon. It could provide for a new terminal, added hangars and replacement of aprons and taxiways.
Key elements of the original five-year project included the runway extension and acquisition of hundreds of acres of adjacent land for safety and security purposes.
The various projects have been funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. Those funds paid 95 percent of the cost, with the state and county dividing the balance.
The Legislature also gave its support to plans to upgrade the LeRoy airport, a privately owned facility. LeRoy Aviation Services seeks state Department of Transportation funds and needs the endorsement of the governing body of the county it is located in.
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