Washington Airport Reopens With Reconstruction

WASHINGTON - Warren Field Airport in Washington reopens after storm damage from July 1st.

City Manager Josh Kay said although the airport is back open, there is still storm damage to clear and runway lights to replace.

Thursday, crews began demolition of what was left of the terminal that was destroyed in the storm. City Council has proposed to include either a public conference room inside the new terminal or an Emergency Operations Center.

"We've got an opportunity now to rebuild and to make it better and to offer more services and opportunities for people who use the airport," Kay said. "That property is far from the river on one of the highest points in Washington so it offers a natural opportunity to investigate."

Kay said the North Carolina Division of Aviation is working with the city to estimate the replacement costs and blueprints for reconstruction.

Kay hopes to have a new building in place in a year-and-a-half.

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