HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Nine airports across the Commonwealth are making safety and equipment upgrades with the help of nearly 2-point-4 million dollars in state investment funds.
Two of those airports are located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport will receive more than $279,000 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield and terminal area.
Seamans Airport in Lackawanna county will receive $73,500 to fix the runway.
Nine airports will make safety and equipment upgrades with the assistance of nearly $2.4 million in state investments, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced today.
“Supporting our roughly 400 airports not only keeps goods and people moving, but also supports hundreds of thousands of jobs,” Richards said. “These investments ensure safe operations and assist with key upgrades.”
The funds are distributed through the Aviation Development Program, which is funded by the state’s jet fuel tax, and leverage $665,125 in local matching funds. Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the program.
The program complements the state Multimodal Fund, which dedicates $6.2 million to aviation in this fiscal year alone. The fund was created by Act 89, a far-reaching transportation funding program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation modes.
For more information on aviation in Pennsylvania visit www.penndot.gov.
Following is a by-county list of approved aviation projects with the state share:
Armstrong County: McVille Airport — $45,000 state investment to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.
Bucks County: Pennridge Airport — $600,000 state investment to reconstruct a taxiway.
Crawford County: Port Meadville Airport — $337,500 to rehabilitate an existing fuel facility.
Lackawanna County: Seamans Airport — $73,500 state investment to rehabilitate the existing runway.
Lancaster County: Donegal Springs Airport — $292,500 state investment to rehabilitate the existing aircraft parking apron and expand an existing taxiway.
Lackawanna/Luzerne County: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport — $279,375 state investment to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield and terminal area.
McKean County: Bradford Regional Airport — $112,500 state investment to acquire airfield maintenance equipment such as mowers, painting machines to apply pavement markings that are needed by airport personnel to operate and maintain the airport.
Somerset County: Somerset County Airport — $75,000 state investment to design a new above-ground fuel facility.
Washington County: Finleyville Airport — $540,000 state investment to rehabilitate the existing runway