Hartsfield-Jackson gets reconstruction project funding

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been awarded $4.36 million in federal funding for an airfield reconstruction project, according to Al Snedeker, Capital Improvement Program public relations manager at the airport.

Snedeker said the airport was advised it was a recipient of the federal funding on April 14, through the Rehabilitate Taxiway Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The project will reconstruct parts of taxiways L and M, which support Hartsfield-Jackson's three southern runways, and provide access to its six concourses, he said.

"It is very important to maintain runways and taxiways to ensure the overall safety of the airfield," said Snedeker, in a phone interview.

Construction workers will replace nearly 67,000 square yards of pavement, taxiway centerline and edge lights, said Snedeker. Workers will also add a new drainage system, he said.

Snedeker said the project is scheduled to start in June, and will cost less than $25 million.

"This project is part of an airport pavement maintenance and replacement program that ensures the safety and reliability of the airfield," he added.

-- Maria-Jose Subiria