During its September meeting, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved over $29.2 million in grant funding for safety and various improvements to 13 airports across the state.
The following projects are included in the approved grants:
$5.3 million for pavement rehabilitation on the runway, replacement of NAVAIDs and construction of turnarounds at the Hyde County Airport;
$350,000 for the removal of building obstructions within the runway approach at the Dare County Regional Airport;
$36,000 to relocate the Runway 3 threshold and correct runway end light configurations for the Martin County Airport;
$400,000 for the rehabilitation of the crosswind runway at the Michael J. Smith Field in Carteret County;
$60,000 to fill the dry stormwater retention pond for the Duplin County Airport;
$4.2 million for the rehabilitation of the runway, taxiway and apron at the Triangle North Executive Airport in Franklin County; another $2 million was approved for apron expansion;
$5 million for the construction of the runway turnarounds and completion of the parallel taxiway at the Lumberton Regional Airport in Robeson County;
$200,000 for the replacement of the underground fuel facility with an aboveground farm at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport in Scotland County;
$5.3 million for the improvement of current taxi lanes and construction of new lanes at the Raleigh Executive Jetport in Lee County;
$1.5 million for taxiway extension resulting in full parallel at the Mount Airy/Surry County Airport;
$3 million for filling and grading near the terminal building of the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Regional Airport;
$852,125 for the acquisition of land in the Runway Protection Zone for Runway 10 at the Statesville Regional Airport in Iredell County;
$1 million for the replacement of the fueling system at the Macon County Airport.
North Carolina’s 72 public airports serve as vital economic engines connecting people and business enterprises with the world. Airports and aviation-related industries contribute more than $61 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, according to the 2021 State of Aviation report. They support 373,000 jobs, generate more than $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenue and provide more than $15 billion in personal income.
The funds awarded do not necessarily represent the total cost of the project. A complete listing of all approved projects can be found at https://www.ncdot.gov/about-us/board-offices/boards/board-transportation/Pages/board-meetings.aspx.
Feature photo by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.