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Federal grants to pay for majority of Arnold Palmer runway rehab

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 4:48 p.m.

Federal grants are expected to cover nearly all the cost of a runway strengthening and rehabilitation project at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Association Monday announced the Unity airport will receive $2.46 million in funding for the project — including an entitlement grant of more than $1.7 million and, as noted the previous week, a discretionary grant of $724,447.

The Westmoreland County Airport Authority, which manages the airport, has received an apparent low project bid of just more than $2.5 million, submitted by Derry Construction Company.

The project will involve milling, paving and repairing cracks along the length of the runway, said authority engineer Scott Kunselman of GAI Consultants.

The grants are part of $290.6 million in Airport Improvement Program funding awarded to 105 airports in 38 states.

According to the FAA, the discretionary grants were awarded to 26 airports with high priority needs. Officials said the grants are to be issued over the next few weeks so construction of the projects can begin before winter weather arrives.

Airport Authority Executive Director Gabe Monzo said the runway is set to be shut down Sept. 12-20 so the contractor can complete the upgrade.

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