Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that airports across Maine have received a total of $1,913,006. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Year 2022 Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
“Airports promote job creation and economic development, expand access to health care in rural regions, and provide an essential transportation option in large states like Maine,” said Senator Collins. “As a leader of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, I strongly supported this significant investment that will allow airports across our state to make much-needed improvements to their infrastructure, improving the safety and efficiency of operations.”
The funding will be allocated as follows:
- Augusta State Airport will receive $900,000 to reconstruct its apron.
- Central Maine Airport of Norridgewock will receive $180,000 to seal its runway, taxiway, and apron surface pavement joints.
- Dexter Regional Airport will receive $113,000 to seal its runway, taxiway, and apron surface pavement joints.
- Eastport Municipal Airport will receive $120,006 to seal its apron surface pavement joints.
- Machias Valley Airport will receive $150,000 to update its airport master plan or study.
- Waterville Robert Lafleur Airport will receive $300,000 to update its airport master plan or study.
- Multiple Airports in Maine will receive a total of $180,000 to conduct studies to analyze the feasibility of installing automated weather observing systems. These systems would enhance the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations at the airports by providing accurate, current, and site-specific weather information.
- Belfast Municipal Airport
- Sugarloaf Regional Airport in Carrabassett Valley
- Central Maine Airport of Norridgewock
- Eastport Municipal Airport
- Greenville Municipal Airport
- Newton Field Airport in Jackman
- Princeton Municipal Airport
As the Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Collins co-authors the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that funds AIP each year.