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Revamp of Taxiway at Danville Regional Airport is about to take off

Danville Regional Airport

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- New improvements for the Danville Regional Airport are about to take off. On Tuesday, City Council approved a revamp for Taxiway A, which is parallel to the main runway.

The revamp is to maintain safe operations on the air field. Debris and poorly paved taxiways can damage or destroy engine jets.

Maintaining a taxiway allows for the planes to operate safely. The cost of this project is about 3.1 million dollars. Marc Adelman is the Transportation Services Director for the city of Danville. He said 90% of the funds are coming from the federal level, which is grant money from the the Federal Aviation Administration. 7% of the money is from state funding, coming from the the Virginia Department Of Aviation. And 3% is coming from local taxpayer dollars, or about $86,000.

Adelman said the airport did complete some repairs to a small section of taxiway A a few years ago, but it has been about 20 years since a majority of the taxiway has been revamped.

The scope of project will involve milling the taxiway, narrowing the taxiway from 50 feet to 35 feet, and paving, "It's a project that needs to be completed. The taxiway some sections are in fair or poor condition" added Adelman.

Adelman said once completed, the new taxiway will last about 16-20 years. They project is set to begin in March, and estimates it will be completed in about 6 months.

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