Originally created 03/04/03

Old airport signs cause confusion



Is it Augusta Regional Airport or Bush Field?

These days, it's officially Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field. Four years after the name was changed, road signs leading to the airport on Doug Barnard Parkway still designate it by its former moniker.

So, what's in a name?

"We had visitors the other day that were very confused and ended up getting a very scenic view of Augusta," said Kathryn Solee, the marketing director for Augusta Regional. Other visitors also have missed the airport because road signs do not list Augusta Regional Airport, she said.

Ed McIntyre, a former Augusta mayor and a member of the Augusta Aviation Commission, suggested at a recent aviation commission meeting that the Georgia Department of Transportation change the Bush Field signs.

"I think we need to make a formal request that they update all of their signs," he said.

Ms. Solee agreed that a change is needed.

"We've tried before (to have the road signs changed), but we will make another valid effort with the DOT," she told the board members.

Roger Price, of the DOT, said his department has previously offered an agreement that involved the airport paying for the new signs.

"We have advised the airport that we would give them permission to design, install and maintain a set of directional signs to the airport," he said.

Vonda Everitt, also a Georgia DOT representative, said her department pays for sign replacements when a state road name is changed. She said this case is different because it involves the change of a location's name. She could not say how much replacement signs would cost.

Ken Kraemer, Augusta Regional's director, said the airport would continue working with the DOT and state legislators to have the signs changed.

"We'll see if we can cooperate on the funding on the cost of the new signs," he said.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3904 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.