MGW Runway Extension Project
FONSI/ROD & Final Environmental Assessment
The City of Morgantown, in association with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has released a Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Runway 18-36 Extension dated July 2019, which evaluated future development proposed at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. The City prepared the EA for a proposed 1,001-foot extension to Runway 18-36.
The EA was undertaken by the City and the FAA to fulfill the requirements necessary for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), its implementing regulations promulgated by the Council on Environmental Quality at 40 CFR 1400 et seq., FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, and FAA Order 5050.4B, NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions. The EA documents the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts of the Proposed Action.
The FONSI/ROD document and EA have been made available for public review at the following locations and times from November 25, 2019 through December 20, 2019.
The MGW FONSI/ROD & Final EA is available online here:
Morgantown Municipal Airport
Airport Management Office
100 Hart Field Road
Morgantown, WV 26505
Hours: Mon- Fri 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
City of Morgantown
City Manager’s Office
389 Spruce Street3rd Floor, Room 15
Morgantown, WV 26505
Hours: Mon- Fri 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Morgantown Public Library
373 Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am- 8:00 pm
Fri & Sat 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sun. 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Monongalia County Senior Center
5000 Greenbag Road, Suite A5
Morgantown, WV 26501
Main Entrance located on the back side of the mall, look for the maroon awning above door.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am- 4:00 pm
The Morgantown Municipal Airport has the shortest runway in the state and, based on the number of flights, it is also the busiest. The airport’s lack of a longer runway acts as a hindrance to attracting and retaining additional corporate jet traffic and charter service.
Inclement weather, such as snow or fog, makes the already short runway even more difficult for jet operators to land at the airport. This means commercial planes and jets are less inclined to land at the airport. The goal of the runway extension project is to enhance and modernize the airport’s facilities to maintain current operations, recruit new business and improve safety at the airport.
Extending the runway will also provide a direct benefit to WVU athletics and will support the continued growth of the university, its partnerships and the local economy. That’s why the runway extension project is strongly supported by West Virginia University, and the administration has been pivotal in moving the project forward.
The benefits realized by the runway extension go beyond the city limits. That is why the project has also received support from local businesses, the Monongalia County Commission, Star City and the City of Westover. The dirt that is needed for the construction of the runway will come from the future I-68 Commerce Park. Tied together with the runway extension, this will be the most significant economic development project in the history of the City of Morgantown.
Funding for the project will include assistance from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The FAA provides AIP grants to airports for projects that enhance airport safety, capacity and security or alleviate environmental concerns. The total project cost is expected to be approximately $50 million. Construction of the runway extension project is expected to begin in the fall of 2020.
In November 2019, the City of Morgantown received concurrence from the FAA on the Draft Environmental Assessment and Benefit Cost Analysis. This was an important step towards achieving the city's goal of expanding and improving the airport to promote economic development and improve safety for fliers. The FAA's Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Record of Decision (ROD) and the Final Environmental Assessment are available from November 25, 2019 through December 20, 2019 on this webpage and at the locations named above. Construction of the runway extension project is expected to begin in the fall of 2020.