RALEIGH - As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation's ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Aviation awarded $950,000 to the Wilkes County Airport in Wilkesboro for capital improvements.
The funding includes $450,000 for an apron rehabilitation project, which will strengthen the pavement where planes park and travel to taxiways, and $500,000 for a lighting and signage rehabilitation project.
The State Aid to Airports Program is NCDOT's basic airport aid program. This program provides funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range planning.
Wilkes County Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $20.9 million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 90 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study.