MGW Runway Extension Project

Draft Environmental Assessment

The City of Morgantown, in association with the Federal Aviation Administration, is seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate future development proposed at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. The City has prepared this Draft EA for a proposed 1,001-foot extension to Runway 18-36. 

The EA is a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The purpose of the EA is to fully investigate any social, economic, and environmental impacts of the proposed runway extension. In order to receive federal Airport Improvement Program grant funds, this needs full concurrence from the FAA before moving forward with construction project.

The Draft EA document has been made available for public review. Copies of the Draft EA may be reviewed at the following locations and times from May 22, 2019 through July 7, 2019. 

The MGW Draft EA is available online here: 

Morgantown Municipal Airport
Airport Management Office
100 Hart Field Road
Morgantown, WV 26505
Hours: Mon- Fri 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

City of Morgantown
City Manager’s Office
389 Spruce Street3rd Floor, Room 15
Morgantown, WV 26505
Hours: Mon- Fri 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Morgantown Public Library
373 Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am- 8:00 pm
Fri & Sat 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sun. 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Monongalia County Senior Center
Mountaineer Mall
5000 Greenbag Road, Suite A5
Morgantown, WV 26501
Main Entrance located on the back side of the mall, look for the maroon awning above door.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am- 4:00 pm

Public Meeting

A public meeting to present the Draft EA will be held on June 25, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Facility (ARFF) Training Room at the Morgantown Municipal Airport, 100 Hartfield Road, Morgantown, WV 26505. 

The public meeting is where people can learn more about the Proposed Action and submit comments.  Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event may contact Andrew Stacy at 304-284-7426. Comments on the Draft EA may be submitted by emailing, in person at the public meeting, or following the public meeting in written format.  

Written Comments

Written comments concerning the Draft EA should be sent to the address below so that they will be received on or before July 7, 2019:

Morgantown City Hall
ATTN: Communications Office
389 Spruce Street, Rm 16
Morgantown, WV 26505 

Attention: Draft Environmental Assessment Comments received will be addressed in the Final Environmental Assessment. 

Project Overview

A picture of the Morgantown Municipal Airport terminal.The Morgantown Municipal Airport has the shortest runway in the state and, based on the number of flights, it is also the busiest. The airport’s lack of a longer runway acts as a hindrance to attracting and retaining additional corporate jet traffic and charter service.

Inclement weather, such as snow or fog, makes the already short runway even more difficult for jet operators to land at the airport. This means commercial planes and jets are less inclined to land at the airport. The goal of the runway extension project is to enhance and modernize the airport’s facilities to maintain current operations, recruit new business and improve safety at the airport.

Extending the runway will also provide a direct benefit to WVU athletics and will support the continued growth of the university, its partnerships and the local economy. That’s why the runway extension project is strongly supported by West Virginia University, and the administration has been pivotal in moving the project forward.

The benefits realized by the runway extension go beyond the city limits. That is why the project has also received support from local businesses, the Monongalia County Commission, Star City and the City of Westover.

Funding for the project will include assistance from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The FAA provides AIP grants to airports for projects that enhance airport safety, capacity and security or alleviate environmental concerns. The total project cost is expected to be approximately $45 million.

Project Status

In January 2018, the City of Morgantown received concurrence from the FAA on the Runway Extension Justification Study. This was an important step towards achieving the city's goal of expanding and improving the airport to promote economic development and improve safety for fliers. Since then, the FAA has been compiling a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Runway Extension Project. Once completed, the Draft EA will be made available and undergo a public comment period. Comments will be reviewed and addressed in the Final Environmental Assessment.

An overview of the Morgantown Municipal Airport Runway Extension Project