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 improvement project.

The 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.

“The 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.”

The state funds ($539,000) came from the State Aid to Airports program, which is NCDOT’s
basic 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.

The 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 projects.

Curtis 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.

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








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