Gwinnett OKs Nearly $500,000 in Airport Improvements

Commissioners continue efforts to improve Briscoe Field.

Gwinnett County-owned Briscoe Field airport will undergo improvements to its control tower and runways.
Gwinnett County-owned Briscoe Field airport will undergo improvements to its control tower and runways.
Gwinnett County commissioners continued Tuesday (Jan. 22) their recent improvements to the county-owned airport in Lawrenceville.

Projects totaling almost $500,000 were approved by the Board of Commissioners at their regular business meeting, according to a county news release.

The breakdown:

  • CONTROL TOWER IMPROVEMENTS: Approved funding was $218,924. The project will replace existing glass and install a backup generator, new weather and radio equipment, handrails and lightning protection, the release said. Three companies will do the work: FS 360 LLC, DPS-Infrastructure Monitoring Systems, and Wolen LLC.
  • PAVEMENT: A contract was awarded for 1,100 square yards of concrete pavement with drainage for an outdoor airplane wash rack that complies with stormwater regulations. The Dickerson Group was the low bidder at $185,161.
  • RUNWAY AND TAXIWAY PROJECTS: Also approved was an environmental assessment for proposed runway rehabilitation and taxiway extension projects. Federal Aviation Administration grant funds will pay 90 percent of the $82,000 cost. Five percent each will come from the Georgia Department of Transportation and Gwinnett County’s airport renewal fund.
“These improvements will make Briscoe Field safer and more efficient for our current general aviation tenants as recommended by the airport privatization citizens review committee nearly two years ago,” District 4 Commissioner John Heard said in the release. “We are simply protecting our investment, not expanding the facility, and I am committed to keeping Briscoe Field as a general aviation facility.”

County officials described in 2013 efforts at improving various areas of Briscoe Field, based on feedback from a citizens panel.

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