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Tupelo runway extension costs rise

 

The Associated Press

 

TUPELO -- The Tupelo Airport Authority has agreed to a $267,000 increase requested by the company building a runway extension. 

 

Century Construction asked for the increase after losing access to its resource for "fill dirt." 

 

Century bid around $5.2 million to extend the runway by 650 feet. 

 

Century President Colin Maloney said the company lost access to a nearby dirt pit and now must drive a little further away to get the dirt. 

 

Tupelo Airport Director Josh Abramson said the increase was capped at $267,000, expenses could be lower. 

 

Officials said work should begin about mid-January and the project should take about seven months to complete. 

 

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