Columbia Regional Airport will receive a $2.8 million grant to extend the main runway about 900 feet, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The grant is a part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program, according to a department news release.

The grant will fund the required realignment of Route H and the runway expansion, according to airport manager Michael Parks.

Funding for the design was already awarded, said Columbia’s Director of Communication Steven Sapp.

The actual construction of the extension, which is the final phase, has yet to be awarded, he said.

The runway’s extension, from 6,500 to 7,400 feet, could allow larger aircrafts to take off and land at the airport. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, according to Parks.

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