• A crew from Moretz Paving puts new asphalt on the runway at the Avery County Airport.
    A crew from Moretz Paving puts new asphalt on the runway at the Avery County Airport.

PAVING THE WAY

Airport runway gets $1.5 million upgrade

SPRUCE PINE – The runway at the Avery County Airport is being repaved for the first time since 2006.

The total cost of the runway rehabilitation is $1,549,750, said Danny Young, who keeps the books and manages grants for the airport.

“The state is paying all that cost with no money coming from the airport,” Young added.

The design and bid phase of the project was completed in August and cost $89,725.

“The state paid 90 percent of that with the airport paying 10 percent,” Young said about the design phase.

The runway project started Sept. 18 and was originally scheduled to be finished Nov. 2. Due to weather and other delays, the new completion date is now set for Dec. 15.

During the last rehabilitation project, the airport added new hangars. All the hangars at the airport are leased by aircraft owners and range in cost from $220-864 per year.

The airport makes $10,209 per year on hangar leases. There are 15 hangars available and all but two are currently leased.

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