State to review airport taxiway plan

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Design plans for a million-dollar parallel taxiway at the Mount Olive Municipal Airport have been submitted to the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation.

The proposed taxiway is designed to run the length of the current runway and ease what have become safety issues as traffic at the airport grows.

Currently, aircraft landing here have to travel to the end of the runway, turn around and then taxi to the terminal and hangars on an active runway.

The taxiway project has been a priority on the airport’s 10-year improvement plan and would remove traffic from an active runway.

Mount Olive Town Manager Charles Brown said the project’s status is “wait and see” right now.

“We are waiting for their comments and I am sure there will be some issues that they want addressed,” Brown said.

He said it’s still probably about another year before the project actually gets under construction.

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