Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to get new sign for Route 981 entrance
The entrance road under construction at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will be marked by a new roadside sign.
The Westmoreland County Airport Authority on Tuesday agreed to purchase the sign from Sekula Sign Corp. of DuBois for $42,973, which includes installation. PennDOT-approved plans call for placing the double-sided sign in the center of the Route 981 roundabout that will connect with the entrance road.
The sign displaying the airport name will be 4 feet high and 32 feet wide with lettering that is internally illuminated. It will incorporate the umbrella logo used by the late Latrobe golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who lent his name to the airport and was a member of the airport authority.
Volunteers with the Latrobe Mini Garden team, who planted tulips near the airport terminal entrance Tuesday, will be in charge of landscaping around the new sign, according to Gabe Monzo, executive director of the authority.
Crews from A. Liberoni Inc. of Plum Tuesday were working on the first phase of the entrance road, which will be shifted about 200 yards northeast from the existing airport access. The contractor is focusing on excavation and utility work at this early stage and is expected to wrap up the project by May, authority engineer Nick Barber said.
The new terminal vestibule and exit for arriving passengers is expected to open for use late this week or early next week, according to Tom Stynchula, the airport's operations supervisor. He said final work on the project includes correcting a gap at the door's threshold and installing floor and ceiling tiles. “We need to let the floor tiles sit” before travelers walk on them, Stynchula said.
The exit has had its windows near the baggage claim area replaced, which allows arriving passengers to reach the airport parking area without having to cross paths with those entering the terminal.
The authority intends to tear down a house it owns at its Rostraver Airport property and will issue a notice to vacate the structure. Members of the Ludwig family who were allowed to continue living there have died, Monzo explained.