Monday kicks off the taxiway relocation project at Plymouth Airport, ten days prior to its original start date.
However, Airport Manager Tom Maher explained warm days in February permitted the schedule change, “Because of the relative lack of snow and the fact that there’s really no frost in the ground they’ve been able to restart slightly earlier. We think that’s beneficial since March and April tend to be slow times at the airport.”
Maher stated recent snow and colder conditions will not affect the project start-up. In order to comply with Federal Aviation Administration standards, Plymouth Airport is separating the runaway from the strip an aircraft utilizes prior to takeoff.
“You don’t want a taxiway that’s too close to the runway just in case an aircraft was ever to slide off the side of the runway it wouldn’t slide far enough so as to hit something that might be on the taxiway; so it’s a safety precaution that the FAA requires,” said Maher
95% of the relocation project is federally funded, 2.5% MassDOT funds, and 2.5% Plymouth Airport funds. It will take six weeks to move the taxiway at the east end of Plymouth Airport. The commission reported zero noise complaints for the month of February and Maher expects similar results for March and April while under construction.