Parallel taxiway named a priority at airport

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Mount Olive Municipal Airport engineers are currently designing the specifics for a north and south parallel taxiway project that is on the facility’s priority list.

Right now, pilots landing at the local airport have to taxi back to the airport terminal.

Town Manager Charles Brown said having to back taxi to the terminal is not the best of safety practices.

The parallel taxiway project is expected to cost $1.5 million, but is only in the design stage at this point and is most likely several years away before any dirt is turned, officials said.

It is a project at the top of a long-range plan currently being updated for the local airport.

The facility update plan is required every 10 years by federal authorities.

Brown said another priority on the updated master plan at this point is a new terminal.

The current top three priorities on the master plan are the taxiway, a fence along the runway to protect it from wildlife and a new terminal, Brown said.

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