Airport Director Bruce Payton says his heart sunk more than this hole when he discovered it in May. Three sink holes have been found at the Monroe County Airport in the past couple months. Payton says he’s working with surveyors now to determine the cause.
“We won’t have any idea what is below until these tests are final,” Payton said.
Testing is wrapping up tomorrow…but on paper, preliminary results don’t look good. This blue area indicates a place where a cave perhaps as large as a house, could be, just below the surface.
“It’s going to hurt us in terms of revenue. It’s just a very unfortunate situation we have to deal with.”
Payton expects to have soil samples back next week. At that time they’ll determine whether to continue operations on the long runway….regardless the airports shorter general aviation runway will remain open. Payton says the cost of repairs will be well above what the airport or the county can cover, so they’ll lean on the Federal Aviation Administration for help.