The Lowcountry Regional Airport Commission met virtually on April 8th and discussed ways to help reconstruct parts of the airport from the 2020 tornado that struck the City of Walterboro. According to Lowcountry Regional Airport Commission (LRAC) Chairman Bill Young, $13,000 in grant money was recently received from the FAA as part of the CARES Act. The money will be used to continue improvements to the airport.
LRA Manager Tommy Rowe explained that the airport is still waiting on insurance funds from the April 2020 storms to cover repairs and construction that needs to be completed on the hangars. “We have only received partial payment from the Insurance Reserve Fund, and are waiting on a substantial amount to be paid out to us,” said Rowe.
Meanwhile, the FAA has mandated that the airport taxiway be reconfigured. This is just after work was done in the first part of the year to improve drainage.
The taxiways were repaired just before the FAA demanded that they be demolished and reconfigured. Bids for the Taxiway Reconfiguration Project will be opened on April 29,2021.
The notice for bids has been posted on the LRA website and Facebook page. “Jamey Kempson from State Aeronautics visited last week and is going to put us on the State program for repainting the runways and taxiways sometime in the fall,” said Rowe. This will further upgrade and improve the taxiways.
Additional airport improvements
Other improvements at the Lowcountry Regional Airport in Walterboro include:
State fueling inspection for trucks and fuel farm for March were well within limits, in terms of gallons pumped and gallons recorded on meters. The new Jet-A fuel truck has been a real help for fueling operations,” Medlin added.