Berkeley County Plans Improvements at Airport

Date: 03/21/2011

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 Berkeley County officials are planning $3.8 million in improvements at the county’s airport, including lengthening the runway to allow more aircraft to take off and land.

The existing runway, at 4,350 feet in length, accommodates a limited number of aircraft, county officials said in a statement announcing the project. The new runway will be 5,001 feet.

County officials also plan to resurface pavement to allow for heavier loads and larger aircraft; new medium-intensity runway edge lighting; airfield drainage improvements to eliminate areas of standing water, primarily in the airfield infield area; and subsurface drains along the runway’s perimeter to prevent future pavement damage.

County Supervisor Dan Davis said the improvements at the airport, which the county owns and operates, play a role in business.

“Incentives, lifestyle, quality work force and beautiful year-round weather all play an important role when a company considers settling in a new area,” Davis said in a statement. “These new airport additions will make Berkeley County even more attractive to both existing and future businesses because we will now be able to accommodate larger aircraft — a feature which is very important to some companies, especially those with multiple sites throughout the nation and world.”

Berkeley County will pay for the work with help from grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the S.C. Aeronautics Commission.

The FAA has approved an environmental assessment required for the project, and engineering design and environmental permitting will begin soon, county officials said. Renovations are expected to be completed in May.







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