The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday the Myrtle Beach International Airport was awarded a $777,845 grant for its major runway rehabilitation project.
The federal government is funding 90 percent of the nearly $20 million project, and bids came in above what was estimated, so this amount covers that shortfall, said Kirk Lovell, assistant director of airports for Horry County.
On Monday, materials will be delivered to the airport and the site will be prepared for the start of major construction in October. From Oct. 4 through Nov. 21, the runway will be paved between 10:45 p.m. and 6:45 a.m. during the week and 11:45 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. during the weekend. From November through the end of March, the runway edge lighting system will be replaced, the pavement will be grooved and permanently marked and grass and mulch will be replaced. The rehabilitation has a 20-year life expectancy.
The rehabilitation comes amid a flurry of improvements the airport has made in the last few years, including the addition of a $118 million, 274,000-square-foot terminal and a $2.1 million parking lot improvement project this spring that will add 575 parking spaces to the credit card parking lot when completed this year.
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In 2009, the Horry County Department of Airports decided Myrtle Beach’s lone 9,500 foot runway needed to be rehabilitated. Planning and design work began in 2012 and lasted through the end of last year.