Aviation is a feature of the Addison County region’s transportation system. A State-owned airport (Airport Identifier: 6B0) is located in East Middlebury, Vermont.

The VT Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Aviation Program now anticipates a relatively brief timeline for the construction of the Middlebury State Airport runway extension from what was discussed at 2012 public hearings held in Middlebury. VTrans now expects to begin construction in 2016 (that is FY-2017) if a number of steps occur smoothly.

  • Step 1 (2014): The acquisition of avigation easements abutting the current airport ROW: VTrans has completed the survey on properties where easements are required for the extension of the runway.
  • Step 2 (2014): Environmental process for runway extension: Environmental Assessments (EA) will need to be undertaken for; 1. tree removal, and 2. a master plan update arguing for additional length to be added to what was articulated in the 2009 EA & Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI); See below. This increase will make it possible for small jets to utilize the facility.
  • Step 3 (a hopeful 2016): Construction of the extension at the north end of the current runway footprint.
    • The current runway (1-19) = 2,506′ length / 50′ width.
    • The FAA has already approved an extension of 700′ (already allocated in the State’s Capital plan) = 3,206′ length / 60′ width.
    • If approved, the new EA & FONSI would allow an extension to = 3,706′ length / 60′ width.
    • However, the State’s 2007 Airport System & Policy Plan calls for ‘Local Service Airports’ (like Middlebury) to = 4,000′ length / 75′ width.

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