Airport receives FAA grant for improvements
CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport recently received funding from the federal government for improvements and renovations.
U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md., announced Friday, Sept. 14, the airport will receive a $72,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant combines with funding from the state, local administration and revenue and totals $195,000 for improvements and renovations.
The grant will allow the airport to buy more land, renovate and clear brush and trees that had been impeding the runway and improve the fencing.
Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport Director Amber Hulsey said the improvements are all part of the airport’s master layout plan for the next few years. She said trees obscuring the runway make it difficult for pilots during flight training to land smoothly for they have to go up over the canopy and back down.
“We plan to refurbish the airport, add new runways and to add a conferences room as well,” she said. “The state pays about 75 percent for the funding and city pays the rest.”
The airport services around 25,000 people a year.
“These funds are a federal investment in Dorchester County, and all the businesses and residents who depend on our regional airports for trade and transportation,” said Cardin, the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “Ensuring our local airports are safe and able to meet demand is critical to keeping our economy moving. I’ll continue working hard to ensure all our regional airports have the resources they need.”
Van Hollen, a member of the budget and appropriations committees, said regional and general aviation airports serve as an important resource to communities for maintaining a strong economy.
“I will continue working to make sure Maryland has the funding it needs to keep all of our airports — both large and small — safe and accessible to our residents.”