DANVILLE, Va. — Some are calling a multi-million dollar renovation project at Danville Regional Airport a burden in disguise.
The money is being used to flatten and shorten a runway making visibility better for pilots, but it's keeping big jets from coming to town.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the airport doesn't meet its guidelines.
Airport leaders first wanted a grant from the FAA to repave the runways.
In order to get it, the airport has to follow directions.Renovations are scheduled to take 18 months and are mandatory after the airport requested a grant to resurface runways full of cracks.
"In order to secure federal funding it was a condition that we meet current design standards," said Marc Adelman, the transportation services director at Danville Regional Airport.
Crews started Monday shaving off a 10 foot hump from the main runway to make it flat.
"It's very difficult for pilots to see half way down the runway, which is a requirement of the FAA," Adelman said.
They're also resurfacing and shortening the runway six hundred feet and narrowing it by 50 feet to meet FAA standards.