Division of Aviation Awards $1 Million State Grant To Currituck County Regional Airport 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 $1 million in State Aid to Airports program funds to Currituck County Regional Airport in Maple for a capital improvement project.

The funds will be used to extend the airport’s taxiway and build a new apron to support the addition of the College of The Albemarle’s
Currituck County Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center at the airport.

“This is an important project for the airport, our division and our state,” said Aviation Director Richard Walls. “Any time we can improve our aviation system while partnering with aerospace education, it is a win-win situation. The airport and Currituck County are to be congratulated for their efforts.”

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.

Currituck County Regional Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $24.5 million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports nearly 140 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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