Gov. Malloy brokers deal between Bridgeport and Stratford to make Sikorsky Airport safer

The question of safety at the Sikorsky Airport began after a plane crash nearly 20 years ago.

The question of safety at the Sikorsky Airport began after a plane crash nearly 20 years ago. (4/17/13)

STRATFORD - Gov. Dannel Malloy has brokered a deal between Stratford and Bridgeport to make Sikorsky Airport safer.

Bridgeport, which owns the airport, and Stratford, which owns the land, began arguing about the safety of the facility nearly 20 years ago after a plane crash.

Officials say Bridgeport will add a mandated safety buffer at the end of the runways. They also say that Main Street will be rerouted by about 500 feet on airport property, which will also decrease flooding in the area.

Officials say more private jets will choose to use the airport as a result.

Officials estimate the project will cost between $20 million and $30 million. The Federal Aviation Administration will pay for most of it.

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