INT wins $1.85 million grant for taxiway improvements

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation recently awarded $1.85 million in Federal Block Grant funds to Smith Reynolds Airport (INT) in Winston-Salem for a taxiway improvement project.

This project will replace the primary pavement leading to the current hangars in the corporate aviation area. The work will consist of grading, patching and overlaying the current pavement. This project will extend the infrastructure health of the airport for many years and will provide for safe entrance and exit in the area, state officials note.

“Rehabilitation of this pavement is critical to the corporate end user of the airport,” said NCDOT Director of Aviation Richard Walls. “It is a high-priority project for the airport and NCDOT.”

These funds came from a $22,758,301 FAA block grant that the Division of Aviation received at the end of September 2011. The DOA will be parceling this grant out into multiple sub grants to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement projects.

Smith Reynolds Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $137 million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports more than 1,100 jobs, based on a 2006 statewide economic impact study.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in 2009, the Division of Aviation has awarded more than $125 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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