Ch­esco air­ports get sub­stan­tial fund­ing for up­grades

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran Maye [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @ dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

WEST CH­ESTER >> Two air­ports in Ch­ester County re­ceived sub­stan­tial state fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture and equip­ment up­grades that will im­prove and main­tain safety.

The two air­ports are among 26 statewide that re­ceived a to­tal of $6 mil­lion in state in­vest­ments for safety up­grades and to ex­pand avi­a­tion-re­lated op­er­a­tional and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, the Wolf Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced Fri­day.

The Brandy­wine Re­gional Air­port in West Ch­ester will re­ceive $150,000 for the de­sign of new hangar site in­fra­struc­ture, and the Ch­ester County/G.O. Carl­son Air­port in Coatesville will re­ceive $1 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of new hangar

site devel­op­ment in­fra­struc­ture; $18,750 to in­stall an air­port com­mu­ni­ca­tions link be­tween air­craft and air traf­fic con­trol.

“I’m pleased that the Brandy­wine Air­port is get­ting this at­ten­tion from the state – it’s an amaz­ing eco­nomic mul­ti­plier for our re­gion – and the devel­op­ment there is sure to cre­ate jobs,” said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156. “I look for­ward to sup­port­ing more

devel­op­ment at Brandy­wine, as of­fi­cials there con­tinue to grow and im­prove its ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture.”

State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man, D-19, said he is pleased the G.O. Carl­son Air­port re­ceived fund­ing.

“These funds will help im­prove the safety of our lo­cal, pub­lic-use air­ports, while boost­ing our re­gional econ­omy and sup­port­ing our work­force,” Din­ni­man said.

In­cluded in the grants is $2.2 mil­lion in state fund­ing from Pen­nDOT’s Avi­a­tion Devel­op­ment Pro­gram, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 mil­lion from the Mul­ti­modal fund. The two fund­ing streams lever­age $2.1 mil­lion in lo­cal match­ing funds. Pub­lic-use air­ports in the state are el­i­gi­ble for the Avi­a­tion Devel­op­ment

Pro­gram.

“With more than 400 air­ports across the state, this sup­port from my ad­min­is­tra­tion helps keep avi­a­tion a vi­able trans­porta­tion al­ter­na­tive and adds to our econ­omy as well,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “These air­ports sup­port hun­dreds of thou­sands of jobs and of­fer ser­vices that are at­trac­tive to the busi­ness com­mu­nity and oth­ers in­ter­ested in gen­eral avi­a­tion.”

The Ch­ester County projects come as part of more than $6 mil­lion in state in­vest­ments al­lo­cated to twenty-six air­ports across the Com­mon­wealth. In­cluded in the grants is $2.2 mil­lion in state fund­ing from Pen­nDOT’s Avi­a­tion Devel­op­ment Pro­gram, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 mil­lion from the Mul­ti­modal fund.

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