By VICKI BROWN
The Walterboro-Colleton County Airport Commission of the Lowcountry Regional Airport (LRA) met virtually on Feb. 11, at 12:00 to discuss progress of reconstruction efforts at the airport.
The airport’s leaders are still working to repair damage done by a tornado that struck the airport in April of 2020. That tornado touched-down in several parts of Walterboro and greater Colleton County. Much of the destruction created at the airport by that tornado has been repaired; however, some repairs are still underway and are still needed.
For example, a canopy needs replacing to keep equipment out of the weather.
Airport Manager Tommy Rowe reported that the taxiway reconfiguration project’s design will probably be completed by the end of March, and the bidding phase will start shortly after that.
Bids will be accepted by mid-summer and construction can begin in the fall.
The repairs will be funded 95 percent by the FAA by a competitive grant, with the additional 5-percent of the needed funding coming from the state.
In other airport news:
Fuel sales are up
According to Roger Medlin, operations manager, total fuel sales for 2020 were down 26 percent, compared to 2019. Medlin said this is because of the pandemic, and how the pandemic has impacted travelers coming into the airport.
However, January fuel sales were above average, at just under 28,500 gallons sold. This is a record-setting month for fuel sales. However, Medlin said this trend will not last long if gas prices continue to rise.
New golf cart purchase
A new golf cart strictly for passenger and luggage transportation was voted on at the last meeting and subsequently purchased. "The cart has been especially helpful when it is raining and when passengers need their bags transported," said Rowe.