Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Council approves upgrades for Danville Regional Airport (KDAN)

Taxiway improvements at Danville Regional Airport and funding for a storm sewer project on Pine Street were among items green-lighted by Danville City Council on Tuesday night.

The work to revamp the taxiway is expected begin in March, said the city’s director of transportation services last week.

About $3.1 million in grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Virginia Department of Aviation will pay for upgrades at Taxiway A at the airport off U.S. 58.

Taxiway A provides airplane access to the primary runway at the airport.

The work will include milling, resurfacing, narrowing the taxiway from 50 feet to 35 feet in width and replacing the taxiway lights. About 5,500 feet —slightly more than a mile — of the taxiway will be rehabilitated.

A portion of the project paid for by the state will entail taxiway intersection maintenance in the south end of the field to support turning movement requirements for large corporate jets.

It has been about two decades since the taxiway has been rehabilitated.

Work should be complete by the fall. Apac-Atlantic Inc. in Greensboro, North Carolina, will be the contractor for the project. About $2.77 million from the FAA and $340,000 from the Virginia Department of Aviation will pay for the project, for a total of about $3.1 million. Danville will pay a local match of $86,152 for the rehabilitation.

Councilmen voted 5-0 to approve the budget appropriation for the project, as well as funding for a storm sewer project on Pine Street. Councilmen Fred Shanks and James Buckner were absent.

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