Zionsville airport wraps up stimulus project-WEB ONLY

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Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville will reopen its main runway Saturday after a $4.3 million resurfacing project paid for with federal stimulus funds, the airport announced today.

It’s the first U.S. airport to benefit from stimulus money, said officials from Montgomery Aviation, which runs the airport. Resurfacing of the 5,300-foot runway resulted in a 45-day shutdown.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday will coincide with the airport’s third annual Fly-in/Open house, which will include a skydiving exhibition and aircraft displays.

The rural airport is favored by small corporate jets – the same kind of aircraft that heads of the domestic automakers received heavy criticism for using when they flew to Washington, D.C., to ask for federal bailout money.

The runway opening comes in plenty of time for the U.S. Senior Open next month at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel. The event is expected to boost flight traffic at the airport.

Hamilton County aviation commissioners have aggressive plans for the airport’s expansion, including a future runway extension and additional airfield improvements.

Parents of nearby Union Elementary School have expressed concerns about noise and safety posed by the growing number of jet aircraft.

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