Grant boosts money flow for MYR terminal expansion

Myrtle Beach, SC - SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - A portion of a $10 million grant is helping to boost rehabilitation and expansion projects at two area airports, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced Tuesday.

Horry County has been prepped to receive a $3,027,059 grant to help assist with the terminal expansion project at the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

"We're on schedule, were getting ready to see some dirt moved around here this summer, which is the important thing" said Lauren Morris, marketing director for Myrtle Beach International. The project is expected to be completed by 2012. The company overseeing the project said the grant announcement helps move the project along.

"As we add more gates we really have to improve the apron so we can extend the taxiway," said Rick Ott of M.B. Kahn Construction.

The expansion aims at adding five gates to the terminal, expanding the number available to passengers and airlines to 12. The project's contractor, MB Kahn, estimates the expansion project will take 36 months to complete and pump nearly $300 million in to the Grand Strand economy.

Darlington County has also received a smaller grant, amounting to $278,090, for rehabilitation of the apron and taxi lane pavement at the Darlington County Airport.

Other facilities receiving a portion of the $10 million grant include airports in Anderson, Charleston, Chesterfield, Greenville, Laurens, Lexington and Sumter counties.

Contractors are expected to gather in early August to discuss bidding on the airport which could generate hundreds of jobs.

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