Friday, December 25, 2009

KSBY Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport taxiway extension completed

SALISBURY — Close to 1,000 feet have been added to a runway at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport, an extension that allows for the take-off and landing of regional jets, Wicomico County spokesman Jim Fineran said Thursday.

The extension of Runway 32 to 6,400 feet, from 5,500 feet, came at a cost of $4.98 million, with the bulk of funding from the Federal Aeronautical Administration’s Airport Improvement Plan.

The Maryland Aviation Administration chipped in 2.5 percent of the project’s funding, the spokesman said. Passenger facility charges paid for the remainder, and no county general dollars or bonds were needed toward funding, Fineran said.

The Wicomico Airport Commission now awaits word on a grant application for FAA construction funding for a taxiway to run parallel to Runway 32, he also said.

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