Jul 22 2003

Graham Announces Over $11 Million in Aviation Grants for South Carolina

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded 12 aviation grants for over $11 million to various government and transportation entities throughout the state. The following grants have been awarded:
  • $4,362,554 to the Richland/Lexington Airport Commission to extend the runway, rehabilitate the apron and make security enhancements at Columbia Metropolitan Airport;
  • $1,922,102 to the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission to improve the access road, acquire aircraft rescue and fire fighting safety equipment, install weather reporting equipment, and rehabilitate the apron at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport;
  • $1,805,209 to Beaufort County to construct a control tower, rehabilitate the runway, and install weather reporting equipment at the Hilton Head Airport;
  • $1,354,800 to Barnwell County to rehabilitate the runway at the Barnwell County Airport;
  • $414,000 to Richland County to constrict a taxiway and improve the access road at the Columbia Owens Downtown Airport;
  • $303,526 to the City of Spartanburg to extend the runway and improve the runway safety area at the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport;
  • $300,000 to Union County to extend the runway at Union County, Troy Shelton Field;
  • $172,620 to Darlington County to extend the runway and expand the apron at the Darlington County Jetport;
  • $150,000 to Clarendon County to construct a taxiway and study the need for a runway extension at the Santee Cooper Regional Airport;
  • $150,000 to the State of South Carolina, Division of Aeronautics to include Geographical Information System data into the existing database, prepare a statewide economic impact study, and inspect public use airports throughout the state;
  • $150,000 to Rock Hill for land acquisition at the Rock Hill/York County/Bryant Field Airport;
  • $68,400 to Saluda County to conduct an airport master plan study at the Saluda County Airport.
“This is great news for South Carolina,” said Graham. “Airport improvements help improve passenger safety and increase the state’s ability to accommodate travel. This not only encourages tourism, but also makes South Carolina more attractive for business investment and economic development.” ####