HHI Airport runway expansion would not have negative environmental impact
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -
For years people who live near the Hilton Head Island Airport
have opposed the idea of extending the runway because of noise, air quality and
A new report conducted by Beaufort County's engineering
consultant found the project would not have any environmental impact and the
"Ultimately, by the county expanding the runway, that will
bring in more planes, private planes, people who are flying down to Hilton
head, spending the weekend here," said Beaufort County spokesperson Joy Nelson.
"Therefore, they're putting money into the local economy, so this is a huge
economic impact project that will benefit Beaufort County as a whole."
The plan is to extend the airport runway another 700 feet,
making it 5,000 feet long.
The public has until May 5 to comment on the