Detroit set to invest $4m in city airport runway replacement

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The city of Detroit is set to invest US$4 million in Coleman A. Young International Airport to replace its main runway this Spring, according media reports.

According to a report on Crain’s Detroit Business, the project could begin next month if weather permits, the airport will be closed for 72 hours and new LED lighting will be installed.

The report claims the city’s investment in the airport signals a commitment to the 264-acre property as an airport, rather than an industrial or mobility park.

The city seeks to stem losses at the airport, which hasn’t had commercial passenger airline service since 2000 and has been operating in the red for many years.

In addition to replacing the asphalt on the larger of the two runways, crews will also install new LED lighting on the runway as part of an airportwide modernisation effort that started a couple years ago. About $900,000 has been invested in new lighting.