Lihue Airport runway to undergo extension

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Lihue Airport runway needs to be extended to comply with Federal Aviation Administration rules.

The Garden Island reports one of the airport's two runways ends just a few hundred feet from the ocean, with no room for a necessary buffer.

State Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ford Fuchigami says the runway will be extended to ensure proper clearance.

The airport recently received more than $400,000 in airport capital improvement funds for the reconfiguration.

A spokesman for Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the southwest end of the runway will be extended by 855 feet, while still providing the standard 1,000-foot runway safety area for the northeast end of the runway.

Abercrombie spokesman Justin Fujioka says the project is estimated to be completed in November 2016.

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