Goerge T. Lewis airport runway to be resurfaced

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By Lou Elliott Jones

The George T. Lewis Airport, better known as the Cedar Key airport, is going to get yet another upgrade from the state Department of Transportation.

Levy County is finishing up with one upgrade at the airport rerouting a road that ran into a taxiway at the facility, installing fencing and putting in a phone and bathroom for pilots to use, and pouring a helipad. 

The County Commission has approved an agreement with the state DOT to use $451,000 in funding for the design and overlay of Runway 23, and adding new runway lights and signage.

The county will not be providing any money for the project, said County Coordinator Fred Moody. 

“FDOT funds will be available for 100 percent of cost,” Moody said. 

He said DOT looked at two options for the runway — concrete v. asphalt. “Concrete is good because of 30-year option versus 12-year option for asphalt.” 

Plans call for the design to be finished in November and the bids to go out in December and be awarded in February 2014. Construction will start in March 2014 and is expected to be complete by October 2014.