I thought that “Morgantown Municipal Airport set to expand runway with FAA funding” contained two extra zeroes:
The Federal Aviation Administration has given final approval for the extension of the Morgantown Airport runway.
Under the plan, the runway will stretch another 1,000 feet from the current 5,199 feet. Currently, the Morgantown Airport runway is one of the shortest in the state.
The project will cost $50 million and take up to 10 years to complete
Surely it would be $5 million and 1 year?
Then I found the city’s page on the project, which estimated a cost of $45 million.
Does a mountain have to be moved? The airnav page for the airport does not show anything like that. It is a bit tough to interpret the official project plan, and the associated nearly 2,000 pages of environmental assessment documents, but the area of work appears to be fairly flat: