Work got underway Wednesday to relocate hundreds of feet of underground utility lines in order to expand the runway at the Pitt-Greenville Airport.
The lines currently run through property and are being moved to make way for the 670 foot runway addition that's required to meet new FAA runway standards.
The planned extension is being funded through federal grants.
Airport Director Jerry Vickers says the groundbreaking is the culmination of years of planning and preparations. Vickers says, "It's really been about three years of environmental studies, neighborhood outreach, purchasing homes that are within the noise contours. So this is the first time we're actually moving dirt toward that end game of extending the runway."
The utility work should be done in a few months and work on the runway is scheduled for 2014.