Local airport runway to be extended

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The Mount Olive Municipal Airport runway will be extended another 250 feet in a $650,000 project recently approved by the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division.

The current airport runway is 250 feet short of a mile.

“I am not sure when those funds will actually be available, but it has been funded and expected to be done sometime within the next year,” said Town Manager Charles Brown.

The extension will be done on the south end of the current runway.

“It may sound insignificant, but it makes a big difference in terms of the safety rating of the runway and as an aid to pilots landing and taking off on the runway,” Brown said.

It is not considered to be a major project, he added, but the reason for the $650,000 price tag can be linked to design and engineering work required of any runway expansion.

“We are really delighted the state has it on their plans and look forward” to the work being done, Brown said.

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