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Navigation lights sit just past the existing end of runway 2/20 at Pitt-Greenville Airport in the area where a 670-foot runway expansion is slated to be completed. Utilities currently under the field will be relocated to an area beyond the end of the new runway extension. (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)
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Navigation lights sit just past the existing end of runway 2/20 at Pitt-Greenville Airport in the area where a 670-foot runway expansion is slated to be completed. Utilities currently under the field will be relocated to an area beyond the end of the new runway extension. (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)

Airport gets grant for runway

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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The Pitt-Greenville Airport Authority will receive a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to make runway improvements, the airport director said Wednesday.

“We’re pleased that the FAA recognizes that this is an important project for our community and made it a priority,” Jerry Vickers, manager of the airport, said. “We were concerned that federal sequestration might slide funding for the project into more of a piecemeal approach, but the full funding will allow us to move forward on this phase, including moving the utilities and purchasing the easements to remove the trees and possibly the properties, then doing the construction preparations this fall.”


The airport runway must be extended 670 feet on the north end to meet new FAA runway safety requirements of an additional 1,000 feet.

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