UPDATE: Georgia State Sen. Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia) announced this week that Liberty County has been awarded a contract to address an airport layout plan update and environmental assessment at Wright AAF (Fort Stewart) /MidCoast Regional Airport as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Airport Aid Program. The contract award is worth over $252,000 and made up of both federal and state funds.
Wright/MidCoast is a joint public- and military-use airport within Fort Stewart and is governed by a Joint Management Board comprised of representatives from the United States Army and civilian joint-venture partners the Liberty County Board of Commissioners, the city of Hinesville and the Liberty County Development Authority.
“These investments made in Liberty County and Fort Stewart serve our nation as well as our local economy,” Tillery said. “Without the help of Sen. Ben Watson, Rep. Al Williams and Rep. Ron Stephens, this funding would not have been possible. I’m proud of the Governor, the General Assembly, and our GDOT for making these improvements a priority.”
“The Midcoast Partnership is very appreciative of all of the efforts at various levels in helping to obtain these funds,” Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown, who serves on the JMB, said. “They will be matched with $ 13,270.20 of local proceeds to update the airport plan including potential use of expanded areas outside of the current general aviation footprint. The county has contracted with the firm of Holt Consulting to perform these services. Continued improvements at the airfield not only enhance our ability to handle GA and corporate needs but also help expand the training opportunities of all branches of the military.”
As of Aug. 1, 29 civilian based aircraft call the facility home, according to Brown.
“Over the last nine months the civilian and military traffic count combined average is 1220 per month,” he said. “There are 17 hangar spaces at the airfield all of which are occupied."