Division of Aviation Awards $545,000 State Grant to Duplin County Airport for Terminal Replacement Wednesday, March 21, 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 $545,000 in State Aid to Airports program funds to Duplin County Airport in Kenansville for a capital improvement project.

The funds will be used to replace the airport’s terminal building. The original block building was built in 1974 when the airport first opened and a “stucco” addition was added in a remodeling project in 1989-90. The Division of Aviation approved the airport’s request to proceed with a new design in December 2010. The airport worked with engineering firm W.K. Dickson and selected MBAJ Architecture, which designed Shelby-Cleveland County Airport’s terminal, to design the new terminal.

“This is powerful project for the local community” said Aviation Director Richard Walls.  “I am excited to see this project get started as it will really improve the airport.”

State Aid to Airports is NCDOT’s basic airport aid program. It provides funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range planning. The Division will be awarding multiple grants through the program to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement projects.

Duplin County Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $9.6 million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports nearly 70 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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