- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport say a taxiway rehabilitation project is closer to completion after a redesign.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1EkPxWP ) reports another version of the rehabilitation plan for Taxiway B is up for approval at the Little Rock Airport Commission meeting on Tuesday. The initial plan was approved in 2009.

According to airport officials, the project’s design was almost complete when the Federal Aviation Administration issued new guidance on runway and taxiway design standards. The regulations made the Taxiway B’s high-speed exit nonstandard and, thus, ineligible for FAA funds.

“They won’t fund designs of complex geometry such as five-way intersections and acute-angle entries,” Tom Clarke, the airport’s properties, planning and development director.

Taxiway B is used by aircraft transitioning between one of the airport’s two main commercial service runways and the general aviation side of the field. The taxiway is a favorite of Dassault Falcon private jets and others that are flown into the airport so their customer specifications can be completed.

“It is heavily used,” said Clarke. “Our stakeholders really like to use it.”

The new plan does not include the high-speed exit, but does include a section of Taxiway A. According to Clarke, the new taxiway design will be built to withstand heavier weights of newer corporate aircraft.

Construction is estimated to be $16.1 million. The original cost was estimated to be $9 million.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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