Division of Aviation Awards $3.65 Million in Federal Block Grant Funds to Cape Fear Regional Airport Wednesday, January 4, 2012

RALEIGH — As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Aviation awarded $3.65 million in federal block grant funds to the Cape Fear Regional Airport in Oak Island for a capital improvement project.

The funds will be used to construct a full parallel taxiway along the recently extended runway.  The 5,500-foot taxiway will significantly improve airplane traffic flow at the airport by providing a dedicated access to the runway.

“Cape Fear Regional Airport is one our fastest growing general aviation airports,” said Division of Aviation Director Richard Walls. “It continues to get more and larger aircraft, so a full parallel taxiway is one of our division’s highest priority projects.” 

These funds came from a $22.8 million Federal Aviation Administration block grant that the Division of Aviation received at the end of September and will administer. The Division will be awarding multiple sub grants to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement projects.

Cape Fear Regional Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $26.2 million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 260 jobs, based on a 2006 statewide economic impact study.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in 2009, the Division of Aviation has awarded more than $125 million in funding to state airports. These funds enable airports across the state to provide improvements that support economic development and job opportunities.

For more information on North Carolina aviation, visit www.ncdot.gov/aviation



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