The Macon County Airport will soon be getting much needed improvements to the runway. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and DOT (Department of Transportation) approved Macon County for a $2.9 million grant to ensure the airport continues to meet federal and state standards.
In order to get the $2.9 million grant, the airport would need a 10 percent local match from the county, which amounts to $290,556. Commissioners voted to approve the funding in their last regular board meeting.
Macon County's airport is one of 76 airports in the state and has been identified by the FAA as needing the grant to make much needed improvements to the facilities infrastructure. According to Airport Authority Chairman Milles Gregory, the monies were allocated to the county to resurface the runway. During the FAA's last bi-annual inspection, the airport was rated as in fair condition, but the strength of the runway's surface was nearing the poor condition side. “It’s been years since the runway has been resurfaced, and the strength of it is deteriorating,” said Gregory. “That is why we were able to get the funds, because of the recognizable need for improvements.”