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Improvements announced for Dease Lake Airport

A remote northwest BC airstrip will be getting some much needed improvements, thanks in part to provincial funding.

The provincial government has announced nearly $862,000 to help re-surface the runway and taxiway areas of the Dease Lake Airport.

A government news release says the runway is in such rough shape, it puts the airport at risk for closure due to safety concerns.

The Dease Lake Airport is critical for medevac services and serves eight mine sites in the area.

Michael Furminger of the Stikine Airport Society says the resurfacing will dramatically improve safety and efficiency for local business and the community which depend on a proper runway.

The total cost of the project is $1.1 million dollars with other private and public sector contributions making up the difference.

Work is expected to start mid-July.

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