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Monroe County Airport Reopens Today

The Monroe County Airport will reopen today after being closed for two months to repair three sinkholes on the runway.

sinkhole at Monroe County Airport

Photo: Bill Shaw

sinkhole at Monroe County Airport

The Monroe County airport reopens today after crews filled in three sinkholes on the main runway.
The runway has been out of service for nearly two months. During that time the airport lost both revenue and business. Companies such as Cook Aviation and Indiana University were forced to temporarily fly into the Indianapolis International Airport.

Monroe County Airport Manager Bruce Payton is optimistic companies will return as soon as the runway opens.

“We intend to be a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Probably by 10:05 am their Cook jets will be landing here back at Bloomington,” Payton said.

Payton estimates the airport lost between $15-20,000 over the past two months. The final cost for the project is expected to be slightly over $11 million.

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