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 $272,886 in Federal Block Grant funds to Richmond
County Airport in Rockingham for a runway and taxiway improvement project.
This project will
bring the airport into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines
to provide for an extended runway safety area at the end of the runway in case
of an aircraft emergency overrun. It also will extend the existing
parallel taxiway to the full length of the runway in order to meet FAA safety
guidelines for instrument approaches in bad weather.
funds came from $25,216,288 Federal Aviation Administration block grant that
the Division of Aviation received at the end of September 2011. The DOA programmed
this grant out into multiple sub grants to general aviation airports across the
state for a variety of capital improvement projects.
County Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $2.6 million
a year cumulative impact on North Carolina and supports about 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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