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      Keokuk airport to see millions in improvements

      UPDATED: May 31 at 5 a.m.

      The Keokuk Municipal Airport is getting a big boost to enhance its runways.

      The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide a two million dollar grant for runway improvements.

      According to the Keokuk Daily Gate City , work on the project is scheduled to begin June 14.

      Crews will mill down uneven surfaces on the more than 5,000 foot long runway.

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      ORIGINAL STORY:

      The Keokuk Municipal Airport is in line to get a major upgrade.

      The city plans $5.5 million in runway and lighting improvements at the Airport, with the Federal Aviation Administration picking up 90 percent of the cost.

      The city has to pick up the rest of the cost, which is over 500 thousand dollars.

      How that will happen is still up in the air, as the city has only budgeted for roughly half of that.

      According to the Keokuk Daily Gate City, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and Roquette may be asked to pick up part of the tab.