ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - The Salem City Council held a special joint meeting with the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission Thursday afternoon to discuss the future of the airport.
Roanoke Regional Airport Executive Director Tim Bradshaw debriefed the group with a presentation about current and future projects.
The following are current projects:
Walkway canopy, seal coat both runways, tunnel lightning replacement, consolidated rental car facility, various seal coats for roads and parking lots, runway approach obstruction survey.
The following are future projects:
Upgrade security access controls/video surveillance - $2.5 Million
Replace EMAS Runway 16 - $5 Million
Rehabilitate Taxiways - $2.2 Million
Renovate Terminal Lower Lobby - $2.5 Million
Bradshaw also discussed the average airfare for peer markets is $227 one way, the average ROA average airfare is $230 each way.
Peer markets are considered the following:
Green Bay, WI
Sioux Falls, SD
South Bend, IN
The representatives from Salem also expressed their praises and concerns for the airport at the meeting.