Grants to im­prove area air­ports

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE -

Twenty-six air­ports will make in­fra­struc­ture and equip­ment up­grades to main­tain safety and ex­pand avi­a­tion-re­lated op­er­a­tional and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties with the as­sis­tance of over $6 mil­lion in state in­vest­ments, Gov. Tom Wolf an­nounced.

“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,” 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.”

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.

Among those air­ports are sev­eral in the area nearby air­ports that will see im­prove-

ments in­clude:

Berks County

Read­ing Re­gional / Carl A. Spaatz Field — $552,750 to re­ha­bil­i­tate the ter­mi­nal park­ing lot.

Ch­ester County

Brandy­wine Re­gional Air­port — $150,000 for the de­sign of new han­gar site in­fra­struc­ture.

Ch­ester County/ G.O. Carl­son Air­port — $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.

Mont­gomery County

Her­itage Field (for­merly known as Pottstown-Lim­er­ick Air­port) — $261,525 to de­sign new hangars, taxi­way ac­cess and an ac­cess road.

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