2015-09-23 / Front Page

Airport to get hangars

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

The Jenkins County Commissioners are moving forward with plans to construct hangars at the Millen Airport. The commissioners are currently soliciting bids for the construction of an 8-unit hangar building on an existing slab at the airport.

The hangars will be available for use by local pilots and pilots from other counties, which could mean additional revenue for the county.

Improvements at the airport have been ongoing for some time now. A fuel station has been installed, allowing local pilots to refuel their planes at the airport. The fuel station also allows the Millen Airport to be used as a refueling point for aircrafts en route to other destinations. Other improvements include extension of the runway by an additional 1,000 feet, construction of an access road and parallel taxiway and installation of fencing.

These improvements allow for the airport to be used by larger aircraft, which county officials indicate can be a valuable marketing tool as they continue efforts to bring additional industry to Millen and Jenkins County.

Funding for the hangar project is coming from Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) revenue.

Construction of the hangar building is required to be completed within 60 days from the issuance of a Notice to Proceed to the successful bidder.

All bids are due at the commissioners’ office by 11 a.m. Oct. 15th.

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