Sault Ste. Marie Airport to Close For Runway Repairs

This Sault Ste. Marie Airport will be closed in less than a week for much needed repair work.

The one-mile runway surface is nearly two decades old and in need of repair.

Sanderson Field is right off the business spur.

It caters to business and leisure flyers as those training to become pilots.

 The airport will be closed to all traffic, except helicopters starting next Monday,

The new runway overlay will improve braking and is expected to last about 15 years.

Additional work includes runway paint and improving drainage so hydroplaning is decreased.

Airport officials say it’s vital to maintain the airport for the Soo area.

“In the summertime, of course it is a lot of tourists.  Some of these aircraft here today are tourists. They are downtown, when to certain restaurants and they are going to do the boat tours and very beneficial to for the community.  It’s a real asset for the city of Sault Ste Marie,” Tom Brown, fixed-base operator, Sanderson Field said.

The project came in under budget at $458,000 dollars.

The airport is expected to reopen August 17.

It services about 10,000 planes a year.

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