Four lo­cal air­ports se­cure fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments

Rappahannock News - - NEWS -

Four lo­cal air­ports will re­ceive fed­eral fund­ing boosts to im­prove air­port in­fra­struc­ture through the joint Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion-Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion Air­port Im­prove­ment Pro­gram.

“This fed­eral fund­ing will help these air­ports to ex­pand travel op­tions, in­crease lo­cal tourism, and at­tract more busi­nesses,” Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, Vir­ginia Democrats, said in a joint state­ment.

A gen­er­ous $1.15 mil­lion in fund­ing will go to the War­ren­ton-Fauquier Air­port to help re­con­struct 1,100 feet of the ex­ist­ing taxi lane pave­ment.

The Winch­ester Re­gional Air­port, mean­while, will re­ceive $277,500 to help meet op­er­a­tional needs by sup­port­ing de­mo­li­tion ef­forts and the re­lo­ca­tion of new taxi­ways.

The Front Royal-War­ren County Air­port was ear­marked $153,000 to help up­date the air­port mas­ter plan to ad­dress key ob­jec­tives per­ti­nent to the air­port's fu­ture devel­op­ment.

Fi­nally, the Char­lottesville-Albe­marle Air­port will re­ceive $447,742 to help ex­pand the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal apron to 40,000 square yards to ac­com­mo­date in­creased use of the ter­mi­nal fa­cil­i­ties.

Warner and Kaine have long fought for fund­ing for Vir­ginia’s air­ports and said they “pushed back against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sug­gested bud­get cuts to DOT to en­sure that crit­i­cal up­grades like these can hap­pen.”

The Se­nate is ex­pected to con­sider a long-term FAA reau­tho­riza­tion mea­sure in the com­ing weeks that would pro­vide in­creased fund­ing cer­tainty to al­low for fur­ther avi­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment.

All told, some 20 air­ports in the state will di­vide $11.8 mil­lion in the cur­rent round of fed­eral funds.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.