New airports director wants to stimulate growth at Bob Sikes

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 02:51 PM.

Construction of Foy Shaw Industrial Parkway, a planned access road from U.S. Highway 90, was stymied when hoped-for grant funding was denied. Harman said it shouldn't be up to the airport to build the road.

"Rather than us airport guys worry about building a roadway, we have the Public Works guys," he said. "Go! Design! Build! It's a simple project."

Harman advocated paving Fairchild Road south from Airport Road, possibly straightening it so it doesn't curve along the airport’s east side.

These and future projects, which might include a rail spur to the CSX railroad line and a truck route with interchange to Interstate 10, could attract parts companies seeking to supply the new Airbus plant in Mobile, Ala.

'A sleepy place'

Harman cautions that improvements must be justified by a higher level of activity.

"The Field of Dreams 'build it and they will come’ (ideal) — I don't believe in that," Harman said. "If it's a legitimate need, we'll make it part of our program."

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