10-year airport plan still under study

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The Mount Olive Municipal Airport Board of Directors is nearing completion of a 10-year master plan outlining facility improvements over the next decade.

The board has been working on the plan for nearly a year.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the final stamp of board approval could come by the first of the year. The plan’s approval is a requirement by the Aviation Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The plan focuses on what changes need to be made, where construction needs to be located, the involvement of land acquisition and a variety of specifics listed in priority. In addition, the 10-year outlook also involves putting together an alternative plan.

At this point, officials say some of the issues being placed on the plan include construction of a new terminal building, a detailed location of fuel services, building a parallel taxiway, a new aircraft hangar, fencing to separate boundaries to prevent access for wildlife on the airport runway and a realignment of the winding road leading into the airport.

“These are pretty dramatic changes high on the list right now,” said the town manager.

The plan is a requirement for both state and federal funding.

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