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Work begins to complete airport taxiway widening
by Tom Spigolon
February 25, 2014 03:30 PM | 1886 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County Airport Authority members last week heard that work had begun to pour concrete for a taxiway widening delayed by a court appeal.

Work to add a 10-inch concrete layer in the area which comprises the taxiway widening should be completed by the end of this week, officials said. The 5,500-foot taxiway is to be widened from its current 35 feet to 50 feet.

Work had been halted for weeks after airport officials could not pay the contractor because they lacked funding.

The airport authority issued bonds in October to pay for the project, which also includes a 500-foot extension of the taxiway. Residents opposing a private firm’s plan to recruit a commercial passenger airline to the airport went to court to intervene in the $3.4 million bond issue, and later sued to halt the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority’s $1 million loan to the airport to pay a taxiway contractor.

The Paulding County Commission then voted Feb. 14 to pay the contractor with existing county funds and take control of the contract. The county will be reimbursed from the bond issue if a Superior Court judge’s ruling for approval withstands an appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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