- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - City officials have delayed the timetable for improvements at Leesville’s municipal airport after bids exceeded engineers’ estimates.

The American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the lowest of three bids was $676,000, $71,000 higher than estimates.

Mayor Rick Allen says the work involves removing a small hill near the takeoff and landing zone.

The project also would include filling a hole at the end of the runway.

The City Council has not set a date for receiving revised bids.

The work is being funded through state and federal grants.

Allen says the city hopes to seek additional funding to extend the runway. The airport serves only small private planes but Leesville officials envision its expansion into a regional airport that could accommodate larger commercial aircraft.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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