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Ribbon Cut for New Airport Taxiway
Posted on 10/02/2019
Airport Ribbon cutting

Statesville Regional Airport (SRA) has a major new safety feature – a $10.6 million taxiway that will make it safer for aircraft to get to and from the runway from the hangers on the southeast side of the airport.  The City of Statesville hosted a ribbon cutting on September 30 to officially open the taxiway that was funded through a 100% grant from NCDOT Division of Aviation. 

On hand for the ceremony were NCDOT officials who have been a great partner with the City in helping achieve critical safety and capacity goals.  Also attending were federal and state elected officials who have been very supportive of the City’s economic development efforts at the airport: U.S. Representative Ted Budd, representatives from the offices of U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, N.C. Senator Vickie Sawyer, N.C. Representatives John Fraley and Jeff McNeely.  They joined Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh and members of the City Council, Iredell County Commission, Statesville Airport Commission and other community partners on the new taxiway for the ceremony.

The NCDOT grant included funding the relocation of Old Airport Rd. to create a pad-ready area for more corporate development which will feature new parking facilities, an aircraft apron and hangar.  Over the course of the project, NCDOT Division of Aviation awarded additional funds to help with the grading and drainage work for this area.
Mayor Kutteh took time to thank all of the elected officials, who, in their remarks, promised to continue supporting and advocating for funding to continue the airport’s growth.  “This is a jewel in our community and in our state,” said Fraley.  “We know it can be the premier airport not just in our region, but in the whole southeast.”

The grant was awarded in November 2017 and the project started about a year later in October 2018.  The project is only the first portion of the ultimate completion of the taxiway which will eventually extend to Runway 10.  The SRA was recently approved for $15.4 million in Federal and State grants for future projects, with a $100,000 from City and County funds needed.

Parrish & Partners are the engineering company for the project and BMCO served as contractor. 

Currently, there are 107 based aircraft at the SRA.  The total tax value of aircraft and hangars is $133 million. For more information contact John Ferguson at 704-761-2370.