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.
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.
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
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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