- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Asheville Regional Airport has received another federal grant to help pay for an ongoing project to replace its runway and to buy a new fire and rescue vehicle.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, a Jackson County Republican, announced Tuesday that the airport has received a $10.9 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The funds come a year after Meadows announced a $10 million federal grant for the project in April 2015.

Airport Executive Director Lew Bleiweis tells the Asheville Citizen-Times (https://avlne.ws/1Vj8mRO) that the $75 million, five-year runway replacement project is the biggest construction project at the airport since it opened in 1961.

Since December, the airport has been using a temporary runway while the new, permanent runway is completed.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com


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