Division of Aviation Awards $1,075,500 to Columbus County Airport for Taxiway Construction Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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 $1,075,500 in State Aid to Airports funds to the Columbus County Airport in Whiteville for construction of the remaining west end of the parallel taxiway, which is a paved area that will allow aircraft to travel between the parking area or hangars and the runway without impeding the landing or departure of other aircraft.    

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.

Columbus County Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $15.8 million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 160 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study.

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