Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that Maine airports have received a total of $14,482,668. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
“Maine’s airports are vital pieces of our state’s transportation network that promote job creation and economic development. Throughout the state, airports play a critical role not only in carrying residents and visitors, but also in facilitating medical services for those in rural communities in emergencies when seconds count,” said Senator Collins. “This significant investment will allow airports across our state to make much-needed improvements to their infrastructure, improving the safety and efficiency of operations.”
The funding was allocated as follows:
· The State of Maine received $600,000 to update the state’s system plan;
· Bangor International Airport received $2,133,000 to reconstruct its runway, rehabilitate its taxiway, and update its airport master plan;
· Hancock County – Bar Harbor Airport received $469,500 to acquire aircraft rescue and firefighting safety equipment, rehabilitate its runway and taxiway, conduct a study, and install airport beacons;
· Brunswick Airport received $124,823 to seal its runway pavement surface;
· Sugarloaf Regional Airport received $322,558 to construct a taxi lane;
· Dexter Regional Airport received $400,000 to remove marking and lighting obstructions;
· Eastport Municipal Airport received $229,000 to conduct an airport wildlife hazard assessment and management plan and update its airport master plan;
· Northern Aroostook Regional Airport received $229,000 to acquire snow removal equipment and conduct an airport wildlife hazard assessment and management plan;
· Machias Valley Airport received $444,677 to improve its fuel farm;
· Millinocket Municipal Airport received $72,000 to conduct a study;
· Old Town Municipal Airport received $150,000 to construct a taxiway;
· Pittsfield Municipal Airport received $415,110 to construct a building and taxi lane;
· Presque Isle International Airport received $993,000 to acquire snow removal equipment and seal apron, runway, and taxiway pavement surface joints;
· Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport received $2,200,000 rehabilitate its taxiway; and
· Waterville Robert Lafleur Airport received $5,700,000 to reconstruct its taxiway and airport lighting vault.
As the Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Collins was instrumental in securing $3.75 billion for AIP, including $400 million in supplemental AIP grants, in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill that was signed into law in December.