Work is to begin in mid-July on a $2 million project for improvements to the City of Hazlehurst Airport.
According to Airport Director Cody White, the project will include three phases to overlay the runway, expand the existing taxiway and rehab the existing apron.
Mayor Bayne Stone said he and his team are constantly looking for ways to upgrade the airport. “We are already in the planning stages for the next project,” he said. “We have a need locally for more corporate hangars and we hope to begin work on a project soon that will meet that demand.”
Mayor Stone continued, “Airport development is so important to economic development because air travel not only connects people, but it connects economies to further develop the global economy. Business leaders need to be able to travel freely and quickly and that’s what why we continue to invest in our airport.”
Funding for the project came mainly from Federal Aviation Administration and Georgia Department of Transportation grants with a 5% ($100,000) local match.