With a special ribbon cutting ceremony held last Tuesday, the Macon County Airport Authority celebrated the official expansion of its airport runway.
Joined by state and local leaders, transportation officials and longtime airport supporters, Authority Chairman Milles Gregory lauded the long awaited completion of the runway expansion as a critical economic asset to the county.
“I believe this will have quite an economic impact on Macon County, but also other adjoining counties,” said Gregory. “It’s been a long time coming but we’re delighted that we’ve reached this point and it’s a milestone in the history of Macon County to have a 5,000-foot runway.”
The extension has brought the airport into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations for the maximum size of the aircraft which currently utilize the facility, including small private jets. The project also expanded the safety area around the runway by 300 feet.
The runway, now 5,000 feet, was completed just weeks ago by Rhodes Brothers Paving, who took on the paving project under the commission of Buchanan and Sons, Inc., based out of Whittier. The project began last October when the Authority awarded Buchanan the bid for the price of $2.6 million.
Current Senator Jim Davis (R-Macon) and former Senator John Snow (D-Macon) were both present at the ceremony and were thanked for their support of the Authority’s endeavors over the years.
“It is good to see this is final,” said Snow. “This will mean a lot to Macon County’s future.”