POSTED: 8:45 a.m. HST, Mar 7, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 1:08 p.m. HST, Mar 7, 2014
LIHUE, Hawaii >> A Lihue Airport runway needs to be extended to comply with Federal Aviation Administration rules.
The Garden Island reports one of the airport's two runways ends just a few hundred feet from the ocean, with no room for a necessary buffer.
State Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ford Fuchigami said the runway will be extended to ensure proper clearance.
The airport recently received more than $400,000 in airport capital improvement funds for the reconfiguration.
A spokesman for Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the southwest end of the runway will be extended by 855 feet, while still providing the standard 1,000-foot runway safety area for the northeast end of the runway.
Abercrombie spokesman Justin Fujioka said the project is estimated to be completed in November 2016.