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Airport runway extension may not require Austin Blvd. relocation

Plans for Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport include safety improvements, more hangars, further development, taxiway realignment and a runway extension, but may not require changing a part of Austin Boulevard as planned.

Lengthening the airport’s runway from 5,000 to 5,500 feet is a key element of the 527-acre site’s future and realigning Austin is part of the multi-million dollar plan awaiting federal approval and funding.

But the plan for Austin could change, said Terry Slaybaugh, director of the Dayton International Airport, which owns the Miami Twp. site.

“That’s really a placeholder,” he said of the plan to relocate Austin to the north.

“We have not studied the relocation of the roadway or potentially what we would do if we make these improvements,” Slaybaugh said. “We plan on soliciting proposals at the end of 2017 to begin an environmental impact statement that would then look at our options and what is feasible for that type of relocation.”

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