RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state funds totaling $4,285,500 for projects that help improve safety and customer service at seven North Carolina airports including Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield.
The funds the N.C. Board of Transportation approved are:
· $240,300 in state funds for the design and bid of runway and apron rehabilitation at Curtis L. Brown Field in Elizabethtown,
· $775,800 in state funds for phase one of wildlife fence installation at Davidson County Airport in Lexington,
· $90,000 in state funds for the design and bid of an airfield drainage system assessment at Duplin County Airport in Kenansville,
· $189,000 in state funds for the design and bid of runway pavement rehabilitation at Henderson Field Airport in Wallace,
· $482,400 in state funds for AWOS and glideslope critical area clearing at Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield,
· $2,340,000 in state funds for land acquisition in the runway protection zone at Moore County Airport in Carthage,
· $168,000 in state funds for taxiway land acquisition at Tarboro-Edgecombe 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 will be distributed by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, and do not necessarily represent the total cost of a project.