Plan would close little-used runway at Willow Run

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Officials are planning to close a little-used runway at Willow Run Airport to improve safety and save on maintenance costs.

A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 21. Officials say less than 2.5 percent of flights use Runway 14-32, which runs diagonally across the airfield. Willow Run says it will still have plenty of capacity with three available runways.

The Wayne County Airport Authority, which runs the airport, says the closure will save an estimated $150,000 annually in operational costs.

Willow Run is in Van Buren Township, about 25 miles west of Detroit. The airport is planning a number of upgrades and expansions in the next decade.

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