Asheville Regional Airport is under construction, and no matter which way you look, dirt is being moved, roads are being paved or signs are being erected. Below is a brief overview of what’s happening at the airport. Project SOAR: on the west side of the airport The biggest construction project since the airport was built, Project SOAR will result in a new runway, a second taxiway and more than 40 acres of buildable land on the west side of the airfield. Right now, the land is being prepared for the construction of the new taxiway. Lots of fill material is being trucked to the site, and we expect the taxiway construction to begin by the end of the year. To find out more, click here. To the south: site preparation for a new gas station and convenience store The construction taking place adjacent to the south entrance of the airport – across from the WNC Ag Center and Fanning Bridge Road – is site preparation for a land tenant who is building a gas station and convenience store. To the north: NC Department of Transportation project The main entrance of the airport has been demolished, and is being relocated at this time. Why? The NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT) needed the land where the entrance was located to complete their reconfiguration of the traffic interchange on Airport Road. This new entrance will be located at the light across the street from The Fairfield Inn and the J&S Cafeteria. To the east: the “borrow pit” Directly across Airport Road from the terminal is what the airport calls its “borrow pit.” This is a parcel of land designated for future development. In order to prepare the gas station site at the south entrance, fill dirt was “borrowed” from this parcel of land to the east of the terminal. By removing dirt from this land, it is being leveled and prepared for future development.