Air­port re­ceives FAA grant for im­prove­ments

Dorchester Star - - NEWS -

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.”

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