Marin airport set for $2 million expansion
July 5, 2017
Marin County’s airport in Novato is in line to get a nearly $2 million upgrade to its nearly 5-decade-old runway, but an FAA decision on whether the runway will get a short or a long extension to better-handle larger aircraft is still on approach.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors on June 20 approved plans to rehabilitate the 3,300-foot-by-75-foot runway and several taxiways at Gnoss Field Airport, airport code DVO, located three miles north of Novato.
“The improvements will provide a better experience for the airport’s users and will also open up new possibilities for future aviation services,” said Dan Jensen, airport manager. “This is a much-needed step in ensuring the longevity and functionality of Gnoss Field.”
Meanwhile, the FAA is considering input from a May 18 workshop on a proposed runway extension. A 1997 Airport Master Plan update called for a 1,100-foot extension, making the total length 4,400 feet, at an estimated cost at the time of $16 million, including a significant amount for environmental-impact review and mitigation, according to Julian Kaelon, a spokesman for the county Department of Public Works. A 4,400-foot runway was part of the environmental impact statement the FAA released on the project in 2014.
The FAA updated the document in May 2016, recommending only a 300-foot extension, to 3,600 feet, based on a study that showed fewer existing and forecast takeoffs and landings from larger aircraft.
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