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Officials break ground on Guntersville runway expansion

The lone current runway runs 3,000 feet. The lone current runway runs 3,000 feet.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Officials in Marshall County are celebrating plans for a $6 million runway expansion to the Guntersville airport.

Due to the runway's current length, the airport is limited to light aircraft only. Once the expansion is complete, much larger aircraft including jet engine craft will be able to use the airport.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Friday afternoon as the city prepares to build a second runway. The current runway is just over 3,000 feet long. The new runway will be built at a different angle and extend to 5,000 feet.

The process has already begun with tree removal, and the area is expected to be grated in the first year. Airport officials said this really expands opportunities for business owners who currently have to fly somewhere else and drive to town.

"The long-term impact is it's going to make Guntersville a more attractive place for people to move their business to. We've got Connor's Island Business Park and this is a very important key to [its] success," said airport manager Matt Metcalfe.

The runway is expected to take up to two years to complete.

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