Augusta Regional Airport runway to close for upgrade

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Augusta Regional Airport's main runway will be closed for 97 days for construction beginning Monday.

Air traffic will be diverted to the airport's secondary east-west runway. Airport neighbors will notice changes in flight patterns and an increase in east-west flight traffic, airport officials said.

"We very much regret any inconvenience to our neighbors during this construction project; however, the project is critical to the safe operation of the airport," said Augusta Regional Executive Director Gary LeTellier.

The $14 million project will resurface the main runway and improve lighting and signs, said Diane Johnston, the airport marketing director.

The Federal Aviation Administration will fund 95 percent of the project, and Georgia's Department of Transportation and the airport will share the remaining cost.

"The runway, just like any other paved surface, needs to be redone periodically," Johnston said.

The asphalt will be replaced with concrete, which costs about the same, bears loads better and lasts longer.

Upgrades to the airport's secondary runway also have been performed, so it can be used by commercial aircraft during the main runway's resurfacing.

The public might notice more airplanes during takeoff and landing during the resurfacing, because more residential areas lie along the airport's east-west axis, Johnston said.

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corgimom 07/26/11 - 11:10 am
The ACES should be against

The ACES should be against this, this is Federal spending.

Oh wait, this is in Augusta and benefits Augusta. Then they are all for Federal spending.

Cut Federal spending, just NIMBY.

Problem is, everybody feels that way.

countyman 07/26/11 - 11:45 am
I'm excited there's another

I'm excited there's another major construction project underway at the airport and located in Richmond County.. A fast growing airport is the one of key signs of a city moving forward.. AGS is one of the fastest growing airports in the country... The FAA grant was the largest grant ever awarded to the airport.. The airport set a passenger record in 2010(500k) and became the 165th busiest airport in the US.. As of May 2011 the airport had a 21% growth rate compared to Jan-May of 2010..

countyman 07/26/11 - 11:36 am
AGS moved up a total of ten

AGS moved up a total of ten spots in the year 2010 and thirty-nine since the year 2006...

Year/rank/boardings/growth rate from previous year
2010: 165: 246,587: 24.23%
2009: 175: 198,489: 12.72%
2008: 185: 176,097: 13.94%
2007: 197: 154,558: 14.7%
2006: 204: 134,716: -13.74%

tckr1983 07/26/11 - 01:20 pm
corgi- this isn't the

corgi- this isn't the wasteful spending so many people are up in arms about... this is infrastructure at an airport that is bucking the national trend for airports it's size. Google "stupid government study funding". THAT is what we all can do without... along with a plethora of other similar ridiculous projects.

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Think Harder 07/29/11 - 11:11 am
Yes, ALL paved surfaces will

Yes, ALL paved surfaces will eventually need to be redone, but the beauty of concrete (in lieu of asphalt) is they are resurfaced a lot LESS frequently. I land on many concrete surfaces that date back to the 70's, 60's and even a few back to the 40's (WW II era construction). This means conservation of natural resources as well as taxpayer dollars. Thank you!

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