Airport runway work to begin in September
With verbal approval from the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford-Lee County runway is slated to be closed for construction at the beginning of September.
According to Lee County Manager John Crumpton, DOT verbally agreed to release grant funds to repurpose the airport's taxiway with a higher threshold, meaning larger and heavier planes will be able to land. The taxiway is expected to be closed for 50 to 60 days tentatively beginning Sept. 4, Crumpton said.
"The contractor says if the weather will cooperate, it will be closed for 50 days," he said.
The Sanford-Lee County Airport Authority experienced some delayed after DOT began to review all of its capital projects under the new administration.
"We thought we would be started by the end of August and be down in September and October," Crumpton said. "But it kept being pushed further and further back."
The repurposing will also address moisture leaking in the runway and the extra weight threshold will help the airport receive a higher safety rating, he said.
"We are pretty excited about that," Crumpton said. "For the planes based out there, it will be an inconvenience. But the improvements for the runway will be great."