Nine Pennsylvania airports get upgrades

A $10 million state investment will fund projects at nine airports across Pennsylvania.

“Thousands of people rely on the aviation industry for jobs,” Governor Tom Corbett said. “These funds will help ensure that the airports continue to run safely and can meet the demands of their regional economies.”

The grants are distributed through the Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program, which is funded through state capital bond dollars in the General Fund budget. The grants leverage more than $12 million in matching funds. Authorized by the General Assembly, the grants are administered by PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation.

Airports getting grants include:

  • Pittsburgh International Airport: $2 million to construct a stormwater treatment plant.
  • Reading Regional Airport/Carl A. Spaatz Field: $600,000 to improve a site to restore a hangar.
  • Quakertown Airport: $185,000 to acquire land to remove runway obstructions.
  • Butler County Airport: $1 million to replace the terminal building’s mechanical systems and roof, construct additional hangars and replace the existing maintenance hangar’s siding.
  • Bloomsburg Municipal Airport: $500,000 to rehabilitate an airport building, including replacing electrical wiring and the heating system.
  • Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field: $2.4 million to extend a runway, which will allow larger aircraft operations and enhance safety during winter operations.
  • Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Airport: $1.5 million to complete the relocation and extension of the current runway.
  • Lehigh Valley International Airport: $1.5 million to construct a passenger screening area and a connecting walkway, and for renovations and additions to the satellite departure building.
  • Schuylkill County/Joe Zerbey Airport: $300,000 to construct a hangar.

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