Airport exit options narrow

"It's really long overdue and a welcomed change," he said, adding that with the growth of the nanotech industry through GlobalFoundries, more traffic is expected. "We're going to see a spin-off growth throughout the region. A lot of people will be flying in and out of here because they need to do business."

Along with direct access to the airport, Cunningham expressed the need for a quicker entrance and exit for emergency vehicles.

"If there is any sort of problem over at the airport, direct entrance and exit could be beneficial" he said. "Congestion impacts the ability to get in and out."

Van Keuren said the cost of the project will start at an estimated $15 million, but he said the number will certainly go up as more components of the project fall into place. He added that they are scheduled to have a final design up for bid in 2012 with the hope of beginning construction in late 2012 to early 2013.


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