PennDOT to invest in operation improvements of six airports

23 February 2015 (Last Updated February 23rd, 2015 18:30)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transport (PennDOT) in the US has announced investments in the safety measures and operations of six airports in the state.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transport (PennDOT) in the US has announced investments in the safety measures and operations of six airports in the state.

PennDOT secretary Leslie Richards said that the $9.7m grant will be distributed through the Aviation Transportation Assistance programme, a capital budget grant programme funded with bonds.

Authorised by the general assembly, the grants will leverage more than $8.3m in local matching funds. PennDOT's bureau of aviation will be administering the grant to the airport.

"With aviation supporting thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania, it is vital that we ensure airports in Pennsylvania can make safety and operational upgrades."

Richards said: "With aviation supporting thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania, it is vital that we ensure airports in Pennsylvania can make safety and operational upgrades.

"These projects are also investments in the communities these airports serve."

The airports that will benefit from the grant include Allegheny County Airport, which will receive $2.9m for the rehabilitation of its terminal public parking lot and sidewalks.

Doylestown and Quakertown airports in Bucks County will receive $487,500 and $180,000 respectively.

While Doylestown will invest the money to acquire property within the airport's runway protection to remove approach obstructions, Quakertown will acquire property next to the airport to remove obstructions to maintain a clear approach to the runway.

Lawrence County's New Castle Municipal Airport will be given $100,000 for the construction of an additional hangar.

A total of $300,000 will be given to the Hazleton Municipal Airport to acquire two existing, privately owned hangars for new aircraft and equipment.

The $5m grant to the Williamsport Regional Airport in Lycoming County will be utilised to construct a new airport terminal to enhance access, airport security and safety. An additional $750,000 will be awarded for the relocation of the airport fuel farm to allow construction of the new airport terminal.