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 $360,000 in State Aid to Airports funds to
Wilkes County Airport in North Wilkesboro for a capital improvement project.
airport will repair and rehabilitate a section of the aircraft parking
ramp that is more than 20 years old. The project will consist of a full replacement of the
existing asphalt to prolong the infrastructure health of the airport, much like when NCDOT repaves a state road.
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 $20.9
million a year cumulative impact on North Carolina and supports more than 90 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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