The overall cost of construction is estimated near $5 million to complete. Hancock says the next step after finishing design work will be to work with the state on another grant for these funds.

The Camdenton Memorial Airport will finally be moving forward with its runway extension after the city of Camdenton announced a secured grant for design work. City Administrator Jeff Hancock says that the city announced Tuesday night that they would be approving a state grant for $172,530 to start design work on the new runway features.

Hancock says that there are a number of elements to the construction that have to be taken into account.  Alongside mapping of the runway itself, they will also have to plan for restructuring the roads in the area and extending the wildlife fence to fit the new needs in size of the runway. They will be using Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Inc. to complete the design work.

The overall cost of construction is estimated near $5 million to complete. Hancock says the next step after finishing design work will be to work with the state on another grant for these funds. He says they are hoping to receive 100 percent, though they are anticipating to pay 10 percent through local funds. He says they expect this project to take 2 years to complete.

Hancock says that having the design work done will be a benefit to the city whether or not they are able to secure further grant funds to start construction. He claims that these design plans will be able to be put on hold until funds are ready. He says MoDOT Aviation is confident in the funds being available for the project. 

Excited because runway expansion will happen. Grant received for design work. Pregrading design and opportunity road. Wildlife fence extension. Approved state grant, 172, 530. Entered contract with Crawford, murphy, tilly to do work. Hoping for full funding. 5 mil to extend runway. In running for two types of grants, normal appropriation grant for 10c local dollars. Two year project. Connecting east side airport roads. 

Hancock says that the lake area should benefit from an economic boost from the outcome of this extension. He says that by allowing for more corporate aircraft to travel to the lake, businesses will be able to expand further not only in Camdenton, but in neighboring lake cities as well.

“This is a big opportunity for the whole lake,” Hancock said. 

The airport is currently filled to capacity in its current hangars and Hancock hopes that this runway expansion will also lead to further hangar development. The city is hopeful that the secondary funds for construction will be secured by Sept. 30, 2019.