New England News
4:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Western Massachusetts Airport Runway Project Finished

Federal and state officials on Friday marked the completion of a runway project at a regional airport in western Massachusetts.

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 in a hanger at Barnes Airport
A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 in a hanger at Barnes Airport
Credit WAMC

   Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal and Governor Deval Patrick were joined by local officials to cut a ribbon on the new $16 million runway at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield.  Governor Patrick said the facility, which is used by military and civilian aircraft employs 2000 people and puts $125 million annually into the region’s economy.

   " It's enormously important that we have a robust and successful relationship with the base and that is going to require, as it does in other places, an investment in infrastructure."

   The base is home to the Massachusetts Air National Guard  104th fighter wing.  The unit’s fighter jets are responsible for protecting the Northeast from any airborne threat.