Sanford’s Raleigh Executive Jetport’s ongoing wave of progress reached another milepost July 27 with groundbreaking ceremonies for a taxiway widening project. With access to state and federal grants, this upgrade will widen the taxiways from 35 to 50 feet and incorporate more pavement to strengthen the runways.
In doing so, the jetport will be able to accommodate larger and heavier aircraft, who will find it easier to land and taxi than is presently the case. The $5.3M project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Rifenburg Construction will handle construction. Michael Baker Engineering designed the project.
The taxiway is one of many initiatives underway at Sanford’s local airport. The Airport Authority is also in the midst of expanding its hangar space and recently received a $4M allocation from the state which will target creation of a new terminal.
At the groundbreaking ceremonies, Airport Authority Chairman Carter Keller also credited Lee County, the City of Sanford and the North Carolina Division of Aviation for their partnership and support. For more in-depth information, please read this coverage from the Sanford Herald.