Thursday, June 18, 2009
County airport to get taxiway
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Airport officials will apply to the Federal Aviation Administration for a grant to purchase extra land.
The property would be used to build a taxiway the length of the runway, according to Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority.
The city and county approved a joint resolution last week giving the airport commission the authority to apply for the grant.
Mobley said the extension of the taxiway to the south end of the runway is part of a 20-year airport improvement plan already approved by the agency.
“We will proceed to offer to purchase land and to use powers of imminent domain if needed,” he said.
The airport is in line for $600,000 in FAA funding in Phase I and another $400,000 in Phase II of the airport improvement plan bringing improvement expenditures to $1 million, he said.
The partial parallel (to the runway) taxiway project is made available through the FAA with $432,553 in federal stimulus dollars for infrastructure legislated by Congress this year. The taxiway will enhance safety of operations at the airport.
“This significant funding will help create and save jobs and promote economic development in Marshall County,” Congressman Travis Childers said. “During these tough times, these are the kind of shovel-ready projects that will help stimulate our economy by giving much-needed business to local construction companies and contractors and putting North Mississippians back to work.”
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