Sussex County Airport (GED) in Georgetown, Del., recently received a $723,900 grant award to extend the main runway.
The grant will provide engineering and design funding for a project to extend the runway 500 feet to 5,500 feet, improve approaches and lighting, and bring it up to FAA standards, according to officials.
The Sussex County Airport, owned by Sussex County Council, has two paved runways. Currently, the longest runway is 5,000 feet and accommodates private aircraft and planes up to the size of a Boeing 737. The runway extension will allow the airport to accommodate larger planes, ensure safe operation in varying conditions, and attract more aeronautical-based businesses to Sussex County, officials said.
“Receiving the funding from the Federal Aviation Administration is the first step in securing the future for the Sussex County Airport,” said Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.). “The airport will be able to accommodate larger planes and therefore bring in more business and job opportunities to Sussex County. That is just the kind of project we should be focusing our attention on right now as we strive to put Delawareans back to work. I always say that the role of government is to provide a nurturing environment for job creation, and infrastructure development like this is a great example of government working to do just that.”
“Businesses are drawn to regions with well maintained, highly integrated transportation infrastructure,” added Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.). “Delaware is known for its ports, railroads, and highway system to quickly transport commodities and now, thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration funding, Sussex County Airport will be better equipped to accommodate large aircraft able to draw new business and jobs to the area. This funding gets to the heart of one of my key priorities for accelerating our nation’s economic recovery: investing in America’s infrastructure, which will not only strengthen our long-term global competitiveness, but also creates good jobs for Americans.”
“The additional runway length will provide our current large aircraft operators additional range and payload options, as well as an added margin of safety,” said Airport Manager Jim Hickin.
For more information: SussexCountyDE.gov