Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that six Maine airports have been awarded a total of $2,520,784.
“In a large state like Maine, local airports are an important transportation option that help promote job creation, economic development, and access to emergency services in rural communities,” said Senator Collins. “This funding will allow local airports improve their infrastructure to enhance their safety and efficiency for Mainers and visitors to our state.”
The grant funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). As Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Collins was instrumental in securing an additional $1 billion in AIP funding last year prioritized for small and non-primary airports.
The funding is allocated as follows:
· Knox County Regional Airport was awarded $967,500 to rehabilitate 66,500 square yards of the existing general aviation apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful life. This grant funds the first phase, which consists of rehabilitating 20,000 square yards of the apron pavement.
· Dewitt Field, Old Town Municipal Airport was awarded $668,884 to construct a 9,600 square foot six-bay hangar building to assist the airport to be as self-sustaining as possible by generating revenue. This grant funds the first phase, which includes the design and construction.
· Princeton Municipal Airport was awarded $536,400 to help construct a 900 square foot terminal building to allow the efficient movement of passengers and baggage. This project will also install a 600 foot long perimeter fence to deter unauthorized persons and vehicles from entering onto the airfield.
· Brunswick Executive Airport was awarded $150,000 to rehabilitate 6,000 feet of the existing Taxiway A needed to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement. This grant funds the first phase, which consists of rehabilitating 3,000 feet of Taxiway A.
· Pittsfield Municipal Airport was awarded $129,600 to construct a 12,000 square foot 8-unit hangar building to assist the airport to be as self-sustaining as possible by generating revenue. This project funds the first phase, which consist of an environmental study and permitting.
· Newton Field in Jackman was awarded $68,400 to help extend Runway 13/31 to 3,600 feet to meet the operational needs of the airport. This grant funds the first phase, which consists of the environmental assessment.