|Division of Aviation Awards $639,900 State, Federal Grants to Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field in Elizabethtown
||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 $639,900 in State Aid to Airports and
federal block grant funds to Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field in Elizabethtown for a capital
funds will go toward the replacement of existing runway lights, runway end
identification lights, the precision approach path indicators and the rotating
beacon at the airport.
existing lighting system is in poor condition and needs replacement,” said
Aviation Director Richard Walls. “We are excited this project is moving forward
and hopeful it will be completed this year.”
state funds ($539,000) came from the State Aid to Airports program, which is
airport aid program. This program 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.
federal funds ($100,000) came from a $26.7 million Federal Aviation
Administration block grant that the Division of Aviation received last year. The
DOA will be programming both grants out into multiple sub grants to general
aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement
L. Brown Jr. Field is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $5
million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports nearly 20
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.
more information on North Carolina aviation, visit www.ncdot.gov/aviation.