GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A ground-breaking ceremony is set to take place Tuesday for a project that will allow a runway extension at the Pitt-Greenville Airport.

According to Airport Executive Director Jerry Vickers, the Pitt-Greenville Airport Authority will hold a ground-breaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for the airport's Utilities Relocation Project. The ground-breaking ceremony will be held at the western end of Belvoir Road at the cul-de-sac adjacent to the airport's perimeter fence.

Pitt-Greenville Airport received a $3.1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration in September 2013 to help move utilities on airport property along the old Highway 33 corridor.

The Utilities Relocation Project must be completed before the airport begins its project to extend its main runway by 670 feet next year, said officials.

The Airport Authority awarded a construction contract to T.A. Loving for the project, which is expected to be completed by May 2014, officials said. The cost of the project is about $5.5 million.