The idea is by changing that as well as updating the taxiway, which has been described as beyond repair due to its age, it will provide pilots a better visual perspective when approaching the runway, said Seth Timmerman, the airport manager for Springfield-Beckley.
In turn, it will decrease confusion as well as the risk of a runway incursion, Timmerman added.
The project, which aims to remove Taxiway C and reconstruct a new one that will meet FAA standards, is expected to cost about $1.3 million.
Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck was approved by Springfield commissioners last week to apply for a grant from ODOT in an amount of up to $1,259,700 for the taxiway project.
If approved, that grant money would cover roughly 95% of the project’s slated cost with the city pitching in an additional $66,300, Timmerman added.
If the grant application is approved, the goal is start construction in the Spring of 2022.
The second project pertains to the replacement of lighting that serves as a path indicator for pilots on the airport’s main runway.
“Precision Approach Path Indicator is a visual aid for pilots to maintain the correct approach path to a runway. Springfield-Beckley’s PAPI’s on (the main runway) have surpassed their useful life and have become costly to maintain,” Timmerman said.
The project is slated to cost $351,500 and if approved the ODOT grant would cover $277,685 of it. Construction is slated to start in the Spring of 2022 if funding is secured.