Kotzebue airport gets $15.5 million federal grant
Federal Aviation Administration officials say the Kotzebue airport is the recipient of a $15.5 million grant for a runway safety improvement project.
Officials say the FAA grant will expand runway safety areas at both ends of the longer of two runways at Ralph Wien Memorial Airport.
Such safety areas protect crews and passengers if planes veer off a runway, or overrun or undershoot a runway.
Officials say the Kotzebue runway project will move the 5,900-foot runway 200 feet to the east.
The work also will involve removing part of a hill and moving a lagoon channel, as well as building a sea wall to protect the west end of the runway.
Officials say the work is expected to start in October, with the project targeted for completion in late 2014.