February 13, 2009
Lowndes County''s pair of airports this week received a total of more than $500,000 to use for several construction projects.
The grants were released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and will be used for terminal improvements, construction and paving projects at the Golden Triangle Regional and Columbus-Lowndes airports.
"This is just a portion of the $1 million in funding that we get from the DOT each year," said Mike Hainsey, executive director of the GTRA, who received nearly $325,000 to use for several airport upgrades. "It will be used to complete dirt work on our terminal expansion, which is part of our airport master plan."
The Columbus-Lowndes Airport received more than $192,000 to use toward hangar construction projects.
"We will be using the funds to construct four new enclosed hangars and to lay the concrete for those hangars," said Gennifer Taloney, office manager for Taloney Air Services at the Columbus-Lowndes Airport. "The grant will completely fund the hangar project. If any funds are left over after the project, we will put them toward constructing a fence around the airport."