Wed, Jul 20, 2011
FAA Providing $3.7 Million In Block Grants
An investment of $3.8 million in federal and state funds will
improve operations at eight Pennsylvania airports, Governor Tom
Corbett (pictured) announced Tuesday.
"I support creating and sustaining jobs across all sectors of
our economy, and transportation is no exception," Governor Corbett
said. "The aviation industry employs more than 290,000 people
statewide, which is nearly 5 percent of the state workforce. These
investments go directly to improving operations at the airports
that are responsible for so many jobs."
The state portion of funding – $85,726 from PennDOT's
aviation development program – comes from the state's jet
fuel tax and leverages more than $108,887 in local matching
The FAA is providing nearly $3.7 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 state 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
fewer than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the National
Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.
The projects include:
- Bradford County: Bradford County Airport -- $156,000 to design
a full parallel taxiway.
- Columbia County: Bloomsburg Municipal Airport -- $2.2 million
to install a drainage system, pave and light the re-aligned
- Crawford County: Titusville Airport -- $184,750 to acquire snow
removal equipment and improve the airport’s electrical
- Lawrence County: New Castle Municipal Airport -- $153,947 to
design a snowremoval equipment storage building.
- Mercer County: Greenville Municipal Airport -- $555,750 to
extend the runway.
- Montgomery County: Pottstown Municipal Airport -- $146,250 for
final design on the runway pavement rehabilitation and for final
design of the runway safety area.
- Tioga County: Wellsboro-Johnston Airport-- $273,250 to re-mark
the runway to meet design standards for more advanced approach
equipment and to acquire
- snow-removal equipment.
- Venango County: Venango Regional Airport -- $82,875 to acquire
The state has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 15
airports have scheduled commercial service.
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