By Carol Vaughn —
The Accomack County Airport is receiving more than $83,000 in federal funds to build a taxiway.
Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the award to build an 882-foot turnaround taxiway at the airport.
The money will pay for the design phase of the project, according to a press release.
The taxiway will eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway.
The Federal Aviation Administration is the agency disbursing the funds.
The money is part of more than $10.5 million in federal funding from the U. S. Department of Transportation to help pay for projects at seven Virginia airports.
The funds were awarded through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, which supports infrastructure improvements at airports around the United States.
Part of the funding also came through the American Rescue Plan Act.
“With the COVID-19 crisis almost in the rearview mirror and families beginning to plan their summer getaways, we’re pleased to see these funds go towards safety improvements at airports across the Commonwealth,” Kaine and Warner said in the release.
In addition to the project at the Accomack County Airport, funding was given for these other projects in Virginia:
Tazewell County Airport will receive $750,000 in federal funds to rehabilitate runway lights.
Danville Regional Airport will receive $172,222 to rehabilitate an apron.
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport will receive $1,189,592 in federal funds for lighting system repairs in order to ensure safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. In addition, it will receive another $489,000 in funds for runway rehabilitation.
Lynchburg Regional Airport will receive $2,082,588 in federal funds to construct an apron.
Hampton Roads Executive Airport will receive $665,445 in federal funds to rehabilitate a taxiway.
Norfolk International Airport will receive $5,143,782 in federal funds to rehabilitate a taxiway.