Six W.Pa. airports to get improvement grants
Six Western Pennsylvania airports will receive state and federal grants to improve safety and operations, Gov. Tom Corbett's office announced on Friday.
The Federal Aviation Administration is providing $5.4 million through its Block Grant program, which is funded through taxes collected on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees and aviation fuel.
The state is providing $286,000 from PennDOT's aviation development program, provided by the state's jet fuel tax.
These airports will receive grants:
• Beaver County Airport in Chippewa, $301,000 to remove obstructions to improve safety.
• Zelienople Airport in Franklin, Beaver County, $1.6 million for airpark development.
• Butler County Airport in Butler Township, $1 million to widen a taxiway and land acquisition for a runway protection zone.
• Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport in Fayette County, $158,000 for wetland monitoring for post-construction environmental requirements.
• Jimmy Stewart Airport in White, Indiana County, $196,000 to remove runway obstructions.
• Washington County Airport in South Franklin, $158,000 to remove obstructions and purchase land.