Islip Town has selected Medford-based Suffolk Asphalt Corp. for a $5.78-million taxiway upgrade at Long Island MacArthur Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration, which approved the project as part of the airport’s five-year capital improvement plan, will pay for 95 percent of the work.
New York State will contribute 2.5 percent, while the remaining 2.5 percent ($143,925) will come from the Passenger Facility Charge — fees the airport tacks on to passengers' ticket prices.
The project involves creating a new taxiway along Runway 6, which will connect an existing taxiway with the approach to the runway.
“This will eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi and cross runways, making for more efficient and safer operations at the airport,” said airport Commissioner Teresa Rizzuto.
Suffolk Asphalt Corp. was the lowest bidder for the project, according to town documents. The town owns, operates and is responsible for maintaining the airport at Ronkonkoma.
Photo at top: A Southwest Airlines jet lands at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. (March 16, 2010)