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McDONOUGH – Henry County will submit a five-year capital improvement plan to the FAA for improving the Atlanta Speedway Airport in Hampton.

The plan was heard as part of a presentation at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting given by Lynn Planchon, manager of the airport. The plan covers the fiscal years 2021 through 2025.

In the report, Planchon said that the airport CIP identifies priorities and funding sources over a five-year period and is used to plan for future projects and funding needs. It is a document that serves as a planning tool for maintaining, planning or developing an airport.

The CIP serves as the required document for an airport to be eligible for federal aviation administration and state funds. The airport’s five-year plan is updated annually and may change as priorities change.

Planchon said that if a project is not included in an airport’s CIP, it will not be considered for state or federal funding. However, submitting a Capital Improvement Plan does not guarantee federal or state funding of listed projects and doesn’t obligate county funds for those projects.

According to the updated plan, design of the apron and taxiway widening, along with electrical rehabilitation are on the priority list for 2021. The construction phase of the taxiway widening is listed as one of the top priorities for 2022.

Planchon said that plans for the airport also include design and construction of a new field base of operations for the airport using SPLOST IV funds.

The county will submit the capital improvement plan to the FAA by Nov. 22 to be considered for state and federal funding.

If funding is granted, a notification will be sent to the county early in the new year.

For more information on the airport, visit atlantaspeedwayairport.com.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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