Auburn University Airport on track for end of year opening

Auburn's Regional Airport is getting some major upgrades and all construction is on track for it to reopen by the end of the year.

Posted: Aug 19, 2018 9:37 PM

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn University Regional Airport is still on schedule to be completed before the end of the year.

Airport director William Hutto told the Opelika-Auburn News that the new $4.3 million runway is schedule for December completion. The four-phase project began in June with the demolition of the old terminal building.

The new taxiway will be capable of handling 75,000 pounds (34019.4 kilograms). The existing taxiway is too close to the runway and is not stressed to handle the weight of aircraft at the airport.

Hutto says the taxiway project is 90 percent funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. The state is funding 5 percent, while the remaining 5 percent is consistent of equal contributions from the airport's three local partners.

The old terminal building was built in 1950.

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