MORGANTOWN — As the city awaits word on a critical hurdle in the ongoing effort to land a runway extension for one of the state’s busiest airports, members of the Runway Extension Development (RED) team are asking stakeholders to renew their declarations of support for the project.

During the Dec. 6 regular meeting, the Monongalia County Commission did just that, approving a letter affirming the body’s support as a partner of the city.

The commission’s vote came hours after Morgantown City Manager Paul Brake requested and received clearance to pen a similar letter on behalf of city council.

Brake explained that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided “very favorable feedback,” but sought some additional clarification relating to a critical justification study.

As previously reported, Brake called the study “the first trigger that says we have met the criteria of the FAA” as it relates to securing federal funds for the runway project.

Commissioner Sean Sikora, a RED team member, said he’s collecting letters supporting the project from the municipalities within the county.

“There’s a lot of momentum moving now,” Sikora said, adding “Just like with the road bond, we want to document unanimous support for this project.”