GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After long months of construction and longer years of planning, the Guntersville airport expansion is nearly complete, and a June ribbon cutting date is set.
Plans years in the making for an expansion at the Guntersville Municipal Airport have been held up several times. First it was a pair of bald eagles nesting near the airport. More recently it was bad weather that caused the hold up — the ribbon cutting was supposed to happen this month.
Now though there’s an end in sight as crews work quickly to get everything finished. “We’re making a lot of progress now, we’ve had great dry weather,” Airport Manager Bob Martin says, “As of today, all of the taxiway and runway and parts of the parking apron are paved.”
Martin says there is still some more paving and landscaping to do but the construction on the new additions is moving quickly.
One of the driving forces behind the expansion is to provide more opportunities for Guntersville. “With the expanded runway we’ll have a lot more capability to bring business aircraft in here and be a much more attractive area,” Martin says.
The end date is set for June, and that’s a date that has been a long time coming. “Well, this has been in the planning for about 15 years and we’ve been under construction for about 18 months total,” Martin says.
The ribbon cutting is set for June 20.