One of the most ambitious, and contentious, issues in Carroll County over the past decade came to a crash landing on Thursday, as the Board of County Commissioners rejected the $74 million expansion plan for Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster.
Mary L. Lagerquist, 78, of Sequim, Wash., was a passenger Oct. 2 in a plane piloted by her son, Lanson C. Ross III, 48, of Fort Washington. Ross told investigators the two-seat, single-engine aircraft lost power and that he was trying to reach Smith Island. Lagerquist died while her son tried to lead her to shore.
The Board of County Commissioners last week gave themselves a Sept. 29 deadline on making a decision on whether to proceed with a $74 million expansion of Carroll County Regional Airport. The expansion plan has been studied for years, and would include extending the runway from its present length of 5,100 feet to 6,400 feet to accommodate larger aircraft.
As the Federal Aviation Administration ends a second week without authority to spend, the impasse is beginning to have an impact in Maryland, particularly for federal contractors that work on air traffic control and other projects.