Southwest Georgia Regional Airport leaders want to be ready to move forward with construction of a new terminal if or when the F-A-A approves money for the project.
Late Monday afternoon, the Aviation Commission approved accepting a federal grant, even though the grant hasn't been offered yet.
The F-A-A is expected to pay about three fourths of the cost of the project. The recent partial F-A-A shutdown delayed paperwork for the project. If the airport doesn't get the money by the end of September, the project could be delayed by a year.
Airport Director Yvette Aehle said "So obviously we don't want to have to wait another summer for this to come around again. So we'd lie them to go ahead and be able to allocate some money to us. But they also have to work with Washington D.C."
Airport officials have bids in hand. They're ready to move forward with construction of the 36-thousand square foot terminal as soon as the F-A-A approves their funding. They went ahead and pre-approved the grant acceptance to try to avoid delays.
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