During October’s Special Town Meeting, Marshfield voters approved the dredging of Bass Creek and a runway expansion project in order for the town-owned airport to meet Federal Aviation Adminstration requirements.
But when speaking with airport manager Ann Pollard, she dispelled rumors that by widening the runway by 25 feet and adding 600 feet for take off would change business, “The additional length, again, just adds additional safety margin, it doesn’t change the type of aircraft that can operate out of here, so it’s not going to change the type of airport it is. It’s still always going to be a small general aviation airport.”
Runway construction is expected to cost $10-12 million between state and federal funds but isn’t set to begin until the fall of 2013.
“There will be periods the airport will be closed. Some aircraft will have to relocate, others may choose to stay and simply wait until the runway reopens,” said Pollard
Currently, Marshfield is in the permitting process but a newly obtained $1.6 million federal grant will be put to use this fall in preparation of the runway project. According to Pollard, the grant will pay for tree clearing and to improve the drainage of surrounding wetlands.