September 4, 2008

PennDOT Announces Nearly $4 Million Investment for Six Airports


Contact: Erin Waters of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, +1-717-783-8800

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Six airports can upgrade facilities and make safety improvements with the help of a $3.8 million investment of federal and state funds, PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., said today.

"Maintaining the safety and efficiency of our airports is as important as making improvements to roads, bridges and rail service," Biehler said. "This funding will help the airports remain safe while they meet their customers' demands."

The state portion of funding - $104,725 from PennDOT's aviation development program - comes from the state's jet fuel tax and leverages nearly $100,000 in local matching funds.

The Federal Aviation Administration is providing more than $3.6 million in grants through the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees, and sale of aviation fuel. Airports receive up to 95 percent of eligible project costs for projects included in Pennsylvania's 12-year transportation program.

Public-use airports in the commonwealth are eligible for the aviation development program. Airports eligible for the federal block grant program include: general aviation airports, designated reliever airports, and non- primary commercial airline airports (those with less than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Pennsylvania has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 14 airports have scheduled- commercial service.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a list of airports receiving grants, the amount of funding and a brief description of the projects.

Mifflin County

Mifflin County Airport will receive $121,875 to replace its taxiway guidance signs and make electrical improvements.

Monroe County

Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport will receive $2,193,750 for the second phase of a runway extension and widening project.

Montgomery County

Wings Field will receive $81,900 for pavement maintenance.

Northumberland County

Northumberland County Airport Authority will receive $390,000 to begin construction on a partial parallel taxiway to enhance aircraft access.

Venango County

Venango Regional Airport will receive $1,004,250 to rehabilitate the runway pavement.

Washington County

Finleyville Airport will receive $7,500 to update its outdated fuel facility.


Erin Waters

(717) 783-8800

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

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