Midcoast Regional Airport runway extension

Midcoast Regional Airport runway extension

LIBERTY CO., GA (WTOC) - More runway at Fort Stewart's airport could mean more growth on post and beyond.

You might not think a few hundred extra feet of pavement on a runway can make a big difference, but leaders here expect this airport to get even busier when it's completed.

The real dirt will soon start moving on a 1,500 foot extension of the runway at Wright Field and the Midcoast Regional Airport. City and county leaders believe a longer runway that accommodates bigger planes could help them land new industries and even more jobs.

"They come here to case out our community. And we're proud that they come look at us and we hope this airport makes a good first impression," said Liberty County Commission Chair Donald Lovette.

Local governments run the airport with Fort Stewart. Commanders believe this helps them grow.

"What this does is, it gives me a bigger target for bigger planes to land here. It makes this more of a destination for training missions to come here," said Col. Townley Hedrick, Garrison Commander.

Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown says they could not have secured the $13 million in state and federal money without everyone working together.

"No question about it. This community works together and works in tandem with the military. And when they do that, this is the results you see," said Rep. Buddy Carter.

They hope to have that extension completed and welcoming planes in late January.

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