Gary Airport Runway Soil Cleanup Continues

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September 9, 2014 — The Gary-Chicago International Airport board approved the funds needed to pay a contractor for removing contaminated soil at the end of the expanded main runway.

More than $248-thousand will come out of a contingency fund.  Reith Reily Construction took out the soil so the Federal Aviation Administration could install a localizer antenna and other navigational equipment.

AECOM senior project manager John Lukas told the Airport Authority board that they’re also working to mitigate environmental issues on just over two acres of wetlands in the area near the runway.  Invasive species and trash, like rusty cars, in the wetlands must first be cleaned up before the area can be transferred to a wetlands conservation group.


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