Improvements coming to Kirksville Regional Airport

Kirksville Airport and Transportation Committee.

Tuesday afternoon the Kirksville Airport and Transportation Committee met.

The meeting began with a moment of silence for David Hall who was the Kirksville Regional Airport Director for the past seven years.

During the meeting, Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber spoke about how the city is preparing Kirksville Regional Airport for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspection on June 17 and 18.

Macomber also told KTVO about improvements that will be made to the airport.

â??We in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be doing some parking lot improvements,â?? Macomber said. â??Due to the success of our commercial air service the parking lot is overflowing with vehicles, so we are expanding the parking lot. We are also doing some pavement improvements behind our fixed space operation building.â??

The committee also heard from Public Works Director John Buckwalter about Missouriâ??s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP.

MoDOT recently announced that the 2014 to 2018 STIP was available for public comment through May 31.

â??We plan to make some comments to MoDOT with our concern that the improvement of Highway 63 from Kirksville to the Iowa line does not appear to be in the planning and scoping projects for this next five year plan,â?? Buckwalter said.

He said they want to make comments on the plan and clarify some uncertainties.

During the meeting Macomber said they will begin looking at hiring someone for the Airport Director position soon.

To view the STIP plan click HERE.