The airport board voted unanimously to authorize Tackett and airport director Rick Atkinson to work with city, county and state officials to come up with a plan to pay for the bridge.
"The cost of building a new bridge is just a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of losing the Air Guard base," said Ed Hill, Yeager's board president.
The 130th employs about 1,000 people and pumps about $89 million annually into the state's economy. The Air Guard unit also provides fire and rescue service for the entire airport, at no cost to Yeager.
If Congress approves another round of BRAC hearings, they would likely begin during the 2014 fiscal year.
"We need to have the bridge under construction, or at least ready to be built, by then," said Tackett. "I don't know of many places that have survived BRAC twice."
Among other developments during Wednesday's meeting, Atkinson told Yeager's governing board that the previously expected loss of an overnight air traffic controller shift, due to the federal budget sequester, is not likely to occur.
Air traffic controllers at Yeager and other control towers are now required to take one day off without pay every two weeks, which amounts to a 10 percent pay reduction. But a contract clause for federal ATC employees, like those staffing Yeager's tower, requires 120 days notice before implementing a change such as eliminating a work shift.
The 120-day notice requirement, along with the fact that Yeager's controllers also serve a military base -- the 130th Airlift Wing -- and serve a section of airspace considered critical, mean that the Charleston airport should retain its around-the-clock air control service.
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