Airports in Currituck and Dare counties, two of five in the state, have been approved for state and federal grants for safety and airfield improvement projects.
The North Carolina Board of Transportation during its November meeting approved more than $6.6 million for projects that are to help airports increase capacity, attract new jobs and businesses, and improve the safety of the pilots and passengers, the state agency announced Tuesday. The funds awarded do not necessarily represent the total cost of the project.
Currituck County Regional Airport was awarded $675,000 in state construction funds to rehabilitate the north aircraft apron pavement.
Dare County Regional Airport was awarded $2,250,000 in state construction funds for the Phase II rehabilitation of the aircraft apron pavement.
Other airports to receive funding include Ashe County Airport in Jefferson, which will receive in federal apportionment funds $3,285,000 to construct a new, partial parallel taxiway so more aircraft can safely maneuver on the airfield and reduce possible safety hazards.
Burlington-Alamance Airport will receive $135,000 in state funds for culvert rehabilitation and the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro will receive $280,000 in State Transportation Improvement Program design funds for the taxiway over I-73.
North Carolina’s 72 public airports and aviation-related industries contribute more than $52 billion to the state economy each year, according to the 2019 State of Aviation report. 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.