We were glad to see two projects at Enid Woodring Regional Airport on the list of infrastructure improvements on Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission’s construction program for the next few years.

Woodring is an important part of Enid’s economic efforts. Several businesses utilize the airport, and Vance Air Force Base uses the facility on a daily basis, so any work done at the airport has a big impact.

The two upcoming projects total just more than $3 million and will include work on two runways.

The first, which includes funding for FY 2022 and FY 2023, is $1.91 million to reconstruct runway 13/31. The runway is showing signs of weathering and cracking, according to OAC.

“The pavement is at a point where it is no longer cost effective to continue to rehabilitate it and it is at a point where reconstruction is required,” according to OAC.

The second project, with funding scheduled from FY 2024 and FY 2025, is $1.1 million to rehabilitate runway 17/35 and taxiway A and install LED runway lights and guidance signs.

“The pavement is at a point where it is more cost effective to rehabilitate than to let it deteriorate until reconstruction is required. Rehabilitation will consist of joint seal and spall repair,” according to OAC.

This work comes on the heels of the recent construction of a new terminal building at Woodring.

We are happy to see state officials understand the importance of the airport to our community.

Woodring isn’t the only Northwest Oklahoma airport to receive funding for projects. Also on the list are:

• Alva Regional Airport, $2.17 million to rehabilitate the parallel taxiway system and install LED taxiway lights.

• Fairview Municipal Airport, $2.17 million for construction of a parallel taxiway system due to increased traffic.

• Kingfisher Municipal Airport, $400,000 to reconstruct the taxi lanes and apron area.

• Christman Airfield in Okeene, $225,000 to crack seal and seal coat the runway, connecting taxiway and apron pavements.

• Watonga Regional Airport, $2.17 million to reconstruct runaway 17/35 and the connecting taxiways and install LED runway lights.

• Waynoka Municipal Air­­port, $300,000 to conduct pavement maintenance of the runway, connecting taxiway and apron.

• West Woodward Air­port, $1.5 million to build a new terminal building.

These airports are important, especially given the rural nature of Northwest Oklahoma. We are glad to see they have received necessary funding.

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