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City Council hears report on airport runway extension

Tuesday, February 25

Runway extension will allow Downtown Memorial Airport to serve larger aircraft


At their meeting on Monday, Spartanburg City Council heard a briefing from Airport Director, Darwin Simpson on a planned $14 million construction project that includes extending and resurfacing the Downtown Memorial Airport's runway, and adding a new runway safety area. According to Simpson, the runway has not been resurfaced in 25 years, and extending it could encourage some prominent local businesses that don't house their aircraft at the airport to do so. Around 95 percent of the project would be funded by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, with roughly $700,000 coming from the City. Options for financing the City's portion will be discussed during a work session this Saturday according to City Manager, Ed Memmott.


Also at last night's meeting Council unanimously approved a pair of culvert improvement projects. McAbee Contracting, Inc. was the low bidder to replace culverts on Brandywine Lane ($26,246) and Hillbrook Drive ($25,496). Weather permitting, both projects are expected to take around 30 days to complete, and both will be paid for using the City's Storm Water Utility fund.


For more on Monday's Council meeting, see the full video as well as our live tweets below.