Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Angus King announced today that the Auburn-Lewiston Airport will receive $899,480 through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The grant will help fund the expansion and rehabilitation of the terminal aircraft apron.
“Regional airports across Maine help to strengthen the economies of the surrounding communities and connect our state,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “This investment for the Auburn-Lewiston Airport will enhance the safety and efficiency of aviation activities and improve the experience for corporate, charter, cargo, and recreational operations at the airport.”
The project will include the expansion of the existing terminal aircraft apron to connect to the heavy aircraft itinerant apron, both located adjacent to the main terminal of the airport. The project will also include a full-depth reconstruction of the existing terminal aircraft apron. The expansion of the terminal ramp will improve the flow of aircraft traffic between the runways and the terminal aircraft apron. Adding over 17,000 square feet of new pavement in front of the main terminal, the project will allow more space for aircraft parking, particularly larger aircraft that occasionally visit the airport. The new space will also reduce the amount of jet blast directed at the terminal as aircraft return to the runways.
Cross Excavation of Bethel was awarded the project after winning the competitive bid completed in March 2016. Construction will begin after Labor Day weekend and is expected to take approximately 45 days to complete.