The airport authority also is spending $800,000 to add lighting to its secondary runway and both main taxi lines. Currently, only the main runway has lights.
Authority President Edward Volk tells The LaPorte County Herald-Argus the improvements are the latest in a series of changes. The airport's main runway has doubled in size from 2,500 feet to 5,000 since 1963.
The longer runway helps the airport attract pilots whose planes are too large for other facilities.