Upcoming runway improvements at Tuscaloosa Airport
By Julia Smith, WVUA 23 reporter
Tuscaloosa National Airport is modernizing its runway.
The new improvements will help the airport accommodate current air traffic and cargo, and possibly even commercial air service in the future.
Last week, community leaders gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the work ahead.
Dave Pass, member of the airport advisory committee, was recognized as the
leader of this project, but Pass said none of this would be possible
without the help of others.
Pass thanked the University of Alabama for helping to lobby this project.
Pass also thanked U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and Tuscaloosa City Council for passing the Elevate Tuscaloosa Act to make this renovation possible.
“It is very critical and necessary for this renovation and we are
excited to make this airport an asset not only for Tuscaloosa, but
the region, ”Pass said.
This renovation will allow heavier planes to land in Tuscaloosa, which could bring
commercial airlines returning to Tuscaloosa.
More importantly, according to Mayor Walt Maddox, this track
give Tuscaloosa an economic boost.
“We are going to have more freight, develop the dozens of hectares around the airport, provide better paying jobs that will allow more people to buy homes in the region and invest in their children’s education. Maddox said.
Maddox has said he hopes this project will be completed before the start of the 2021 football season.