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For Immediate Release
May 12, 2011

Barry J. Centini, (570) 602-2000

Avoca, PA - A groundbreaking ceremony was held today at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport for the New South General Aviation Apron.

Work is expected to be completed on the project October 2011, and a contract has been awarded to Popple Construction of Laflin, PA. Ninety-five percent of the nearly $5.2 million project is being funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, while 2.5 percent comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aviation. The remaining 2.5 percent is funded by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

This project will construct a new 440’ x 300’ bituminous concrete apron with approximately 300’ of taxi-lane connecting the apron to the existing general aviation apron and Taxiway A.  On the landside, 1,100 linear feet of road will be constructed to the South of the apron to provide access for vehicles.

With the anticipated design and construction of an extension to Hangar Road, later this year, the 400’ of new hangar frontage provided with the project will be build-ready, allowing for the addition of more than 60,000 sq. ft. of hangar space.

URS Corporation, Hunt Valley, MD, provided design services for the project and will provide construction inspection.

From l to r: Francis Fisher, Popple Construction Co.; Anthony Becker, URS Corporation; Mark Popple, President, Popple Construction Co.; Commissioner Corey O'Brien, Lackawanna County; Commissioner Michael Washo, Lackawanna County, Airport Board Vice-Chairman; Commissioner Maryanne Petrilla, Luzerne County; Commissioner Stephen Urban, Luzerne County, Airport Board Chairman; Barry Centini, Airport Director; Stephen Mykulyn, Director - Engineering, AVP.

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