Division of Aviation Awards $520,000 to Martin County Airport for Parallel Taxiway Construction Monday, October 15, 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 $520,000 in State Aid to Airports funds to Martin County Airport in Williamston for a capital improvement project.

The airport will construct a partial parallel taxiway that will provide access from the existing apron and terminal area to the end of the runway.  The new taxiway will eliminate planes having to back taxi 1,500 feet on the runway prior to takeoff, greatly improving safety at the airport. An added benefit is the additional maneuvering space provided for refueling aircraft on the apron.

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.

Martin County Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $1 million a year cumulative impact on North Carolina and supports nearly 10 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in 2009, the Division of Aviation has awarded more than $150 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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