- Associated Press - Thursday, October 12, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The state Agency of Transportation is responding to complaints about delays for a runway renovation at the Vermont state airport in Bennington.

The Bennington Banner reports acting Aviation Division program director, Trini Brassard, answered questions Wednesday about the William H. Morse State Airport. Brassard says the state is working to secure 2.5 acres needed for the safety zone at the end of the runway.

Brassard says once the land is secured, the state can move forward with the construction contract. A March 2018 start for the renovation has been confirmed.

Business owners based at the airport have criticized the delays as they lose money.

Brassard says the state will waive hangar rental fees during the construction period. Brassard says the state is prepared to help businesses operate from other state airports.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, https://www.benningtonbanner.com

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