By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. — Airport Director Gary Johnson spoke to a group of Stillwater residents and officials as the Stillwater Regional Airport opened their newly constructed taxiway with a ribbon cutting Thursday.
The more than $4 million dollar project was created for many reasons including safety.
"This airport was designed in the 40s and the taxiways went all through the apron which is the place where you load and unload planes and people and it's not a good design to mix all of that," he said.
He said the FAA changed design standards in the 1960s.
"And probably 800 airports in the country had this same configuration and have been working to get all of them changed to a parallel taxiway configuration which is where we are striving to get with our main runway," Johnson said.
The airport has had the contruction of a new taxiway in its plans for 10 years.
"We're very excited that this day is here and that this project is in the ground and it's going to serve the users for 50 years to come and more," Johnson said.