Friday, April 04, 2014

Lakeland Linder Regional (KLAL), Florida: Commissioners Expected to OK Airport Parking Project

LAKELAND | Commissioners are expected to approve a $7 million project on Monday that would renovate a parking area for business jets at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

The project includes a $4.7 million renovation of the Southwest Ramp, which is about a two to three- acre area.

Gene Conrad, airport director, said asphalt is loose and could be sucked into engines if the pavement isn’t fixed.

A parking area in the north portion of the airport is also expected to be renovated and repaved at a cost of $2.2 million.

If commissioners approve the project on Monday during a City Commission meeting, construction is expected to begin this fall.

The airport is expected to pay about $390,000 for both projects. The Federal Aviation Administration will contribute about $6 million, while the Florida Department of Transportation plans to spend about $550,000 on the project.

Conrad said it’s a good sign that the state and federal agencies are paying.

“We need to be ready for more economic development,” Conrad said. “This provides additional capacity to handle increased activity.”