Section of Forbes runway still closed due to construction delays

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- New issues surrounding the opening of Forbes Field’s largest runway could signal a legal battle on the horizon.

A section of the 12,800 ft. runway at Forbes has been closed a lot longer than the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority expected.

Those delays could cost the MTAA business.

Koss Construction is still working on the longer runway patching errors found in the construction. It was supposed to open September 29th. That's now pushed back to November 16th, if it passes a flight check.

MTAA President Eric Johnson said he could not comment on the delay because of legal issues. He recently told 13 NEWS Koss Construction is paying $4,400 a day for the delays.

The same issues with patch work stalled the opening of the intersection of the runways just before President Donald Trump visited Topeka. It re-opened days before he touched down.

It also meant the 190th Air Refueling Wing could bring its planes back from Salina, where they operated during the construction. Their pilots normally would use Forbes' longer runway, but are able to use the shorter, 7,000 ft. strip, with emergency procedures in place if more space is needed.

Johnson says if the flight check on the 16th is successful, then the runway will be reopened that day.