Officials at the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District are crossing their fingers for good weather next week, so they can finally finish the runway expansion project at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport.
The expansion to the runway was supposed to be completed last fall, but torrential rain, heavy snow and a late spring have forced a delay of nearly six months.
“Our plan, weather permitting, is mobilizing the paving crew on Wednesday, spot repairs Thursday (May 4) and start paving the taxiway May 5,” ACRD airport superintendent Mark Fortune said. Runway paving will take place May 8–12.
“If the weather would cooperate, we would be finished by now,” Fortune said.
The ACRD received $364,000 in second-year funding from the BC Air Access program to finish off its runway lighting replacement, which should be finished in May.