Salisbury–Ocean City–Wicomico Regional Airport Municipal Water Main Extension
Wicomico County | Regional Infrastructure
Provides needed water infrastructure to support potable water, fire suppression, and future development on the airport campus by running approximately six miles of pressurized water main from the municipal water tower at Wor-Wic Community College to Fooks Road.
AREAS OF REGIONAL IMPACT
As its name implies the Salisbury – Ocean City- Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) is a classic example of a regional resource. With an area of approximately one thousand acres and ranking second in size only to Baltimore’s BWI in the State of Maryland, SBY is superbly positioned as a pivot point of future regional economic development. SBY displays a number of unique attributes in addition to the commonly found economic drivers of commercial passenger/freight service and an aeronautics-oriented technology/business park. Among these are:
- Location in a relatively uncongested rural area provides a launch location from which drones or test aircraft can operate
- Close proximity to three restricted areas, including PAX River Naval Air Station and Wallops Flight Facility NASA, allows for specialized testing in a safe and sterile environment
- Close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay allows drones or other test aircraft to participate in maritime operations for proof of concept or training
- FAA certification company on airfield is available to certify aircraft during various testing stages
- In collaboration with University of Maryland Eastern Shore to develop drone corridors utilizing SBY as a primary entry point
Sustainable, pressurized municipal water will allow for the rehabilitation of existing infrastructure and enable opportunities for proper expansion and development of this Tier 1 regional resource. This will encourage regional economic resiliency by buttressing both traditional and newly emerging economic sectors.
- Grant of $1.5 million secured from MD Department of the Environment through the State Board of Public Works in October 2019.
- Low-Interest loan of approximately $3 million secured from MD Department of Environment through the Water Quality Loan Fund late 2019.
- Design completed 2019 with Notice to Proceed January 2020.
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