$5.5 Million Grant Awarded to Marco Island Airport Taxiway Construction


Marco Island, FL – Airport users of Marco Island Airport will no longer worry about the absence of a taxiway. The approved $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that will cover the construction of a taxiway and apron was awarded to the Collier County Airport Authority, September 2, 2010.

Donna Fiala, Collier County District1 Commissioner, said that Marco Island Airport badly needed a taxiway. “With its heavy volume of private air traffic – especially during peak season – and the absence of a taxiway, it has been a major safety issue. It’s just an accident waiting to happen.”

The construction of the taxiway will decrease the possibilities of a crash and give room to both business and tourist jet aircrafts traveling to South Naples and Marco Island.

With an estimated $6 million construction cost for the taxiway, the Federal Aviation Administration, Florida Department of Transportation, and the county will be contributing $2.8 million, $1.4 million, and $200,000 respectively.

Source: Coastal Breeze News

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