Republic Airport is working in cooperation with the Town of Babylon to rename many of its internal roadways that currently link hundreds of millions of dollars in facilities that include aviation maintenance operations, aviation administration space and state-of-the-art hangars for corporate jets based throughout the 526-acre complex.
A Sign of the Times: Inspecting the first road sign to go up at Republic Airport are Steve Lewis, director of the Passenger Transportation Division of the NYS Department of Transportation, Babylon Councilman Wayne R. Horsley and Republic Airport Commission Chairman Frank Nocerino.
A review committee including the Republic Airport Commission, the Long Island Historical Society, prime tenant representatives and members of the local community have been working for several months on the project. The end result are street signs throughout the airport that will not only help visitors better navigate but will honor Long Island's considerable aviation heritage for years to come.
Hugh Jones, Republic Airport's director, stated "When planners laid out our aviation complex decades ago they assigned internal roadways coordinates that were little more than points of reference. As a result, finding airport locations has been confusing for people ranging from the overnight delivery service dropping off a time critical package to the automobile driver here to pick up an executive. At a time when more and more businesses are depending on Republic it is clearly time for a change."
Findings from the advisory committee proposed that Republic's anonymous streets be renamed after aircraft manufacturers that were on the property during the last 60 years along with the aircraft that were built inside their factories.
Republic Airport Commission Chairman Frank Nocerino observed, "Our street signs often say much about ourselves, our past and our pride. This is a great opportunity to reinforce our unique aviation history on roadways that still lead to one of Long Island's most important aviation addresses. We are delighted that these airport roads will evolve from anonymous streets to thoroughfares that proclaim our past and celebrate the present."
Celebrating past aviation giants, the street signs will include the names of Seversky, Grumman, Fairchild, Ranger and Republic Aviation.
Given that motorists will not be able to slow down to learn more about the history behind the street names, an information kiosk in the lobby of Republic's Terminal Building off Route 110 will further explain the signage in the months to come.