Funds earmarked for North Carolina airport projects

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North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced more than $6.6 million in state and federal funding would aid five airports in executing varied projects.

The allotment of grants is slated to increase capacity, attract new jobs and businesses, and improve pilot and passenger safety.

Officials noted $3.285 million in federal apportionment funds has been designated for the construction of a partial parallel taxiway and apron modifications at Ashe County Airport; $135,000 in additional state funds for culvert rehabilitation at Burlington-Alamance Airport; $675,000 in additional state construction funds to rehabilitate the north aircraft apron pavement at Currituck County Regional Airport; $2.25 million in additional state construction funds for the Phase II rehabilitation of the aircraft apron pavement at Dare County Regional Airport; and $280,000 in additional State Transportation Improvement Program design funds for the taxiway over Interstate 73 at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.

The 2019 State of Aviation report maintains airports and aviation-related industries contribute more than $52 billion to the state’s economy annually. North Carolina’s 72 public airports serve as economic engines connecting people and business enterprises with the world.

The airports support 307,000 jobs, generate more than $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenue, and provide more than $12.6 billion in personal income, per the state.