GEORGETOWN — Georgetown County Airport will receive $5 million to fix one of its two runways through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program.
The fixes will include patching some rough spots and adding an additional layer of asphalt, Airport Manager Jim Taylor said.
These improvements will close the runway for about 45 days starting in early September, Taylor said, but ultimately will help make takeoffs and landings safer for flyers.
"When your asphalt gets to the condition where ours is, a chunk of asphalt can break free and do some terrible damage to any aircraft," Taylor said. "Secondarily, with the condition greatly improved we'll be able to land a faster, heavier category of aircraft here."
The last time the runway was given any attention was 25 years ago, so it definitely is time for it to be rehabilitated, Taylor said.
Grant projects funded through the Airport Improvement Program promote safety, efficiency, environmental stewardship, infrastructure and security at airports around the country. Georgetown is just one of almost 500 airports across the country that received a total of almost $900 million for infrastructure and safety projects.
“These grants represent the legacy and vital role of airport infrastructure grant programs in helping the air transportation system operate safely,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a press release. “Investing in our nation’s infrastructure through AIP grants is a cornerstone of our commitment to safety.”
A full list of this year's grant recipients can be found on the FAA's website.