After opening its new terminal last April, Myrtle Beach International Airport prepares for its next multi-million dollar project scheduled to begin in August.
Approximately $20 million will be invested into a runway rehabilitation project that’s expected to take seven months to complete.
“It’s going to completely remove all the asphalt,” Myrtle Beach International’s Ryan Betcher said Friday. “We’re going to repave the entire length of it. What it enables us to do is extend the [runway’s] life by 20 years.”
Betcher says airport officials identified the need for the project in 2009. In the years following, the airport worked to develop preliminary plans, secure funding and notify air carriers. Horry County Council approved $19.2 million in funding grants for the project this week. The Horry County Department of Airports will contribute an additional $800,000.
Airlines and travelers are expected to feel the biggest impacts of the project in early October and November. Throughout the duration of the project, the airport will shut down the runway after its last flight each night. It will conclude daily work prior to the first takeoff each morning.
News13 asked what this will mean if the airport’s last flight of the night is delayed.
“We’re going to try to accommodate everyone we can, but at the same time we have to make sure we’re operating safely and keeping in those time constraints to get the project done,” Betcher said.