New runway at Guntersville airport nears completion

A look from above shows the new approach pilots will make that will have a beautiful view of Lake Guntersville. (Source: WAFF)
A look from above shows the new approach pilots will make that will have a beautiful view of Lake Guntersville. (Source: WAFF)

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Planes could soon be landing on a new runway at the Guntersville airport.

Paving is expected to begin in the next few weeks of a multimillion dollar renovation project.

The project was delayed some five months due to nesting eagles.

But soon, the new runway will be open and ultimately it won't be just planes with propellers able to land there.

Guntersville is revamping their entire runway system to be long enough to allow corporate jet traffic to begin landing there.

Next month 20 new hangers will begin construction and completion next to the new runway.

A look from above shows the new approach pilots will make that will have a beautiful view of Lake Guntersville, this after the many trees around the property were cut down to clear traffic to the new runway.

"We can handle some larger planes because we'll have a full 4,000 feet available," said airport manager Bob Martin. "Until we get the final 4,000 feet, which will be late next year, then we can handle a lot of business jets and hopefully expand Connor's Island capabilities with companies that want to have their aircraft nearby their business."

Martin expects planes could be landing on the new runway by early spring, but it will be early 2016 before the final extension is complete that will allow for jet traffic.

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