SCAA Airport News: Expansion of Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport is Jan. 17

Expansion of Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport is Jan. 17

After more than a decade of working with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the SCAC (South Carolina Aeronautics Commission), three consulting companies, and two proposed locations, the Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport is officially breaking ground on its expansion 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Dean, a Ridgeland native, was a World War II veteran who served as chairman of the Jasper County Aeronautics Commission. He died last September at the age of 94.

The project at the airport (10 Airport Road off Grays Highway) will include a new 4,200-foot runway and convert the current runway into an extended taxiway. The extended runway will allow bigger planes or helicopters to land – essentially it will allow business planes to land in Jasper.

The airport expansion has been a soughtafter project. Around 2004, the FAA and SCAC and Jasper County agreed that a larger airport was necessary to accommodate the rapid population and commercial growth the area was experiencing. Originally the plan was to move to a bigger location with less vegetation, but finding a location that passed a fatal flaw analysis and that landowners were willing to sell stalled the project.


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