Division of Aviation Awards $1.35 Million to Michael J. Smith Field for Runway, Taxiway Projects 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 $1.35 million in State Aid to Airports funds to Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort for capital improvement projects.

The airport is extending Runway 8-26 and its partial parallel taxiway, as well as overlaying the pavement on the runway. This project will take the runway from 4,249 feet to 5,000 feet and allow larger corporate aircraft to use the airport. The project also will repair runway lighting and replace it with energy-efficient LED lights.

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.

Michael J. Smith Field is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $7.2 million a year cumulative impact on North Carolina and supports more than 60 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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