Marion expanding airport runway, improving lights

MARION (AP) — Work has begun to expand the airport runway in the Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion.
The Gazette reports a groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the $1.7 million project.
The work will widen the runway from 23 to 60 feet, meeting the standards of a basic service airport. An additional $400,000 is being spent to replace lighting.
The project is being funded by a $424,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation and city bonds.
The city also plans to make improvements to signage, the parking areas and other parts of the airport.