Airport safety enhanced with new taxiway

POCAHONTAS – The new south taxiway project at the Pocahontas Municipal Airport is now complete, says airport manager Randy Gilless.

The $678,067 project, which is part of the FAA’s annual capital improvement plan, was funded through a 90/10 federal grant. Although the initial plans go back four to five years, the design phase began in March of 2018, with actual construction starting last summer, to ultimately extend the south taxiway to the end of runway 36 – resulting in over 1,100 feet of new pavement at the airport.

“The FAA’s whole goal in life is safety, safety, safety, safety,” said Gilless Tuesday. “The FAA takes a priority approach in terms of how they spend their money – from the center of the runway outward. So, the runway being the top priority, the next priority would be the taxiways. This is a pretty major project for us here, to get this done.”

 

 

 

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