Binghamton Airport Project Complete

By Brandi Bailey

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM EDT

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A $13 million project at The Greater Binghamton Airport has just been completed.

It's a Runway Safety Improvement and Runway Extension Project aimed to bring safety and convince to airport customers.

The airport received just over $12 million in federal funding for the project.

The 18 month stint added 7,300 feet to runways 16 through 34, improving operations.

The airport installed what's called an Engineered Material Arresting System or EMAS.

Aviation Commissioner, Carl Beardsley said, "Many thousands of these EMAS block are put together kind of like a jig saw puzzle and when they are put together that serves as the safety barrier between the aircraft overrun on the runways and proceeding past the runway."

The airport worked closely with McFarland Johnson Engineering Firm in Binghamton.

The project only took $324,000 from airport funding.

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