|Regional leaders gather for runway extension groundbreaking |
|Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 11:17 am |
| WORLD CLASS AIRPORT – TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely (from left), Ron Cooper, Chris Gooch and Portis Tanner helped break ground at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport Friday morning for its runway extension project. |
The 1,500-feet addition to the runway at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport will place it among world-class regional airports.
“The runway extension will be a real boom to Obion and Weakley counties,” Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely commented prior to the groundbreaking at the regional airport Friday morning.
Although the windy weather wasn’t ideal for the occasion, local dignitaries from Weakley and Obion counties turned out for the event.
Nicely said the extension of 1,500 feet will expand the runway to 6,500 feet.
“This is one of the longest runways of general aviation airports,” nicely added. He said it will allow faster flying business planes to access the regional airport.
The project has an expected completion date of October 2010.
“While this is not a commercial airport, there is still a lot of growth potential for this area,” Aeronautics Division Director Bob Woods noted.
Chris Gooch, chair of the Everett-Stewart Regional Airport Board , announced this is one of the biggest projects the board has “ever undertaken.”
“We joined hands with Weakley County three and a half years ago. This project would not be possible without their help. They are an equal partner and have provided equal funding for this airport,” Gooch commented.
Jimmy Ethridge lauded the efforts of airport manager Jo Ann Speer. “I just hope the people of Northwest Tennessee know the quality person they have running this airport. Jo An will do more to move this airport to the next level with all she does to promote this place,” Ethridge shared.