By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Jorunal
The Louisville/ Winston County Airport received additional grant funding to build a new terminal building on the property.
A Federal Aviation Grant along with Mississippi Department of Transportation Funds, county and city funds will allow the aiport to build a new terminal building and is already paying to repair landslide damage to the runway.
The new terminal building, access road, gates and utility services will be cost $733,936 of that the FAA will pay 90 percent or $660K, the state (MDOT) will pay 5 percent and the City/County will pay the remaining 5 percent.
“Our aiport is growing,” said Airport Board President Mike Forster. “We have a vision for the future of the aiport and this shows the city, county, state and FAA are supportive of this vision.”
Davidson Hauling who earned the bid earlier in July plans to begin the work on the terminal in mid September.
Forster noted that a thriving airport helps the economic development potential of the county.
“We have the potential of cmpanies adding hangers, continued growth in our fuel sales, and continued support of the agribusiness air services that are locally based,” said Forster.
“We have a thriving aviation situation,” added Forster.
Forster added that the city, county and Louisville Utilities had been very helpful and supportive of preparing for the terminal building project.
The airport board, city and county are planning a open house and ribbon cutting once the terminal is complete in 9 to 12 months. Forster hopes to use the terminal and the open house event to recognize the 8th Air Force Pilots from World War II.
At present the airport is receiving a runway repair after a landslide incident last year.
The runway landslide project which had previously been approved by the city and county with the winning bidder H. E. Mosley was set to start repairs Augst 14. The total amount of the runway repair project was $293,000, with 99 percent funded by MDOT with a 1 percent match by the City and County.
With these two projects underway, the airport will receive over $1million in improvements period August 2013-July 2014.