Published: Dec 30, 2013 7:54 PM EST
Updated: Dec 31, 2013 9:10 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "We said we'd get it open before the season, so thats what were really proud."

A new taxiway is making things easier and safer at the Naples Municipal Airport.

"We put it as one of our top priorities to move aggressively to put this taxiway in," said Ted Soliday, the Executive Director at the Naples Municipal Airport.

WINK News is learning the goal of the taxiway, which connects runways, is to cut wait times on the tarmac.

"They could sit here for ten minutes."

Take a look at this photo. Planes can now use the taxiway on the left as a shortcut to an extended runway. That means passengers are getting in and out faster.  Soliday said this also gives planes an extra 800 feet to take off and land.

"If you have a problem and you're trying to stop, you've got another 800 of paved runway to stop on. Conversely going this way it's the same way, another 800 feet to stop. It's better than trying to do it in grass and sand," said Soliday.

The new taxiway is part of an $8 million project to improve the airport. Most of that money comes from the FAA and the Florida Department of Transportation.