The Big Rapids City Commission was provided an update on the runway extension at Roben Hood Airport.
The extension would be from a 4,300 foot runway to a 5,000 foot runway.
Airport Manager Steve Schroeder told the commission its been a process but he's hoping to get a to a resolution sooner than later.
"I was hoping to come before you with really good news from the FAA and that everything is a green light however I haven't gotten that call but I think that will come at any day now." Schroeder said.
Schroeder told the commission there were a few hiccups but everything is up to date on the process.
"We did a justification study back in October, we then had to make some revisions and then resubmitted in November and the FAA then justified the $1.8 million dollar earmark."
"We were still $1.2 million dollars short, so we went back to the drawing board and got an excellent letter of support from Ferris State University President Dr. Bill Pink's Office explaining the benefits this extension would provide to them from academics to athletics and alumni coming in. " Schroeder said.
He said the letter was sent to the FAA on March 16th and he heard from MDOT on Monday, so they are now just waiting on the FAA to make its decision in regards to the rest of the funding.
Schroeder added they have a short timeline when it comes to its environmental assessment which takes 12 months to complete. He also said he hopes to get contracts to commissioners for construction within the next couple of meetings so they can start in 2024.