Division of Aviation Awards $382,500 to Laurinburg-Maxton Airport for Taxiway and Hangar Design Projects, Airport Layout Plan Update Thursday, May 10, 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 $382,500 in State Aid to Airports funds to Laurinburg-Maxton Airport in Maxton for a capital improvement project and updated airport plans.

The funds will be used for taxiway design, a comprehensive update to the airport layout plan and hangar design plans. The taxiway and hangar design projects are being done to facilitate growth at the airport. The airport layout plan is the primary document used for planning and construction/growth at the airport for the next 20 years.

The State Aid to Airports Program 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 Division will be awarding multiple grants through the program to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement projects.

Laurinburg-Maxton Airport has an approximate $34 million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports more than 320 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.

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