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Written by Matt Davis on May 10, 2017. Posted in News/Weather

The runway extension at Rome’s Richard B. Russell Regional airport, a 2013 SPLOST project, is expected to provide a considerable economic shot in the arm to the community once completed.

Airport manager Mike Mathews says that while other items funded by the 2013 SPLOST have (in a way) taken priority over the runway extension, progress is being made on the project at the airport.  Environmental surveys are currently underway; Mathews anticipates construction to begin sometime late this year or early next year.

The runway will be extended by at least 7,000 feet.  Mathews hopes that enough money will be in the coffers to tack on an additional 200 feet to the extension.  He says that ultimate goal is to make the airport safer for those who land there.

In addition to increased safety, the runway extension could lead to a boost in fuel sales due to an increased ability to accommodate a variety of aircraft.  This would equate to money fueled back into the local economy.

An added perk of this particular project is that if the United States Air Force Thunderbirds ever decide to return to Rome, they’ll be able to land at our airport.  Mathews looks forward the US Navy Blue Angels’ upcoming appearance at the Russell Regional Airport in October – they can land right here in Rome, in spite of the current size of the runway.

Mathews invites Floyd County residents to visit the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field as it is intended not just for planes and pilots, but everybody!

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