Air­port run­way will be repaved

The Sun News - - Front Page - BY HAN­NAH STRONG AND TYLER FLEM­ING hstrong@the­sun­news.com tflem­ing@the­sun­news.com

Myr­tle Beach In­ter­na­tional Air­port will have a re­stored taxi­way thanks to a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar grant from the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Taxi­ways are what take air­planes from the ter­mi­nal to the run­way. Typ­i­cally, an as­phalt taxi­way will last 20 years. Pave­ment re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will start this year on Taxi­way A as part of the Horry County Depart­ment of Air­ports’ mul­ti­year, mul­ti­phase project to re­store its run­way sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

“This im­por­tant taxi­way project, in ad­di­tion to the run­way re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, will keep our air­port in com­pli­ance with FAA stan­dards while pre­par­ing MYR for more con­tin­ued air­craft op­er­a­tional growth in the years to come,” said direc­tor of air­ports Scott Van Moppes in a re­lease.

Kirk Lovell, spokesper­son for the air­port, said to The Sun News that this phase of the project will take about a year to com­plete but shouldn’t in­ter­fere with flight sched­ules or the op­er­a­tions of the air­port. Due to safety con­cerns, most of the work will be done at night af­ter the last com­mer­cial flight has landed.

In 2015, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion was com­pleted on the air­port’s 9,503-foot run­way.

The grant — just over $25 mil­lion — will help cover most of the cost for the $30-mil­lion project, the re­lease said. The rest of the fund­ing will come from fees and re­serve fund­ing. Lovell said that none of the fund­ing will come from pub­lic tax dol­lars.

The new taxi­way will be made of as­phalt like the cur­rent one. A con­crete one could last up­ward of 40 years, but Lovell said the cost to con­struct it would be much higher.

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