Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $3,317,011 in funding to 10 airports in Maine. The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency within the DOT.
“Maine’s regional airports are vital pieces of our transportation system that help bolster the tourism industry and support jobs across our state,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This important investment will enhance the safety and efficiency of our transportation networks and help support local economies across Maine.”
The funding will be awarded as follows:
- Knox County Regional Airport in Rockland will receive $928,120 to fund construction of a 400-foot runway extension.
- Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle will receive $550,543 to fund the acquisition of new snow removal equipment to enhance the airport’s ability to clear the airfield.
- Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Bar Harbor will receive $405,000 to fund improvements to the existing storm water basin, and for the repainting and marking of a runway and associated taxiways.
- Millinocket Municipal Airport in Millinocket will receive $313,763 to fund the construction of a 2,900 square foot building for snow removal equipment storage and protection.
- Machias Valley Airport in Machias will receive $270,000 to fund the construction of a 4,000 square foot terminal building, and reconstruction of 1,200 feet of access road pavement that has exceeded its use.
- Bangor International Airport in Bangor will receive $243,000 to will fund the rehabilitation of the current taxiways and lighting system that has reached the end of its use.
- Sugarloaf Regional Airport in Carrabassett will receive $199,289 to fund rehabilitation of the apron, runway, and taxiway pavement, and funding for environmental assessment and permitting needed for the removal of trees in runway approach surfaces.
- Northern Aroostook Regional Airport in Frenchville will receive $174,581 to fund rehabilitation of the apron, runway, and taxiway pavement, as well as removing obstructions on the runway, and funding to update the existing airport master plan study to show current and future needs of the airport.
- Wiscasset Airport in Wiscasset will receive $150,000 to fund the acquisition of one easement for the removal of tree obstructions.
- Bethel Regional Airport in Bethel will receive $82,715 to fund the removal of tree obstructions on runway approach surfaces.