Monday, July 31, 2017

Federal Aviation Administration requires update of Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR) layout plan

Hagerstown Regional Airport layout plan will be updated for the first time in at least 14 years.

The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring the airport north of Hagerstown to provide a revised layout plan, which has had 16 pen-and-ink updates since at least 2003, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said.

A county document lists the estimated cost of the update at $400,000, but Ridenour said the layout plan and an environmental assessment could probably be done for about $300,000.

The county expects to be reimbursed for 95 percent of the cost. The FAA would reimburse 90 percent, while the state would provide the other 5 percent.

Ridenour said he expects the work, which includes aerial photography, to take nine to 12 months to complete. The county is awaiting an FAA grant.

The FAA has new criteria for airport layouts, including providing a master utility plan and land-use proposals for property the county owns on and surrounding the airport, Ridenour said.

The plan must be done before the county begins any additional projects that are on the horizon that aren't already in progress, he said.

The layout plan will list future projects and land acquisitions being considered for the airport.

The county also will update its obstruction analysis, looking for potential problems such as tree growth along the landing paths for all four runways.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 on July 25 to approve a budget amendment in the airport's capital-improvement program related to the project, according to an online video of the meeting.

Commissioner Jeff Cline was absent from the meeting, recovering from surgery.

Funds from two other projects — including a terminal expansion for which the county is not expecting FAA funding in the near future — were shifted to help with that and demolition of farm buildings on airport property.

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