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Friday, December 11, 2009

Governor Rendell Announces $10 Million Investment in Nine Airports

McKean, Jefferson Airports Get Funding
Harrisburg – Nine airports can make upgrades and safety enhancements with the aid of a $10 million state investment from PennDOT’s Aviation Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today.

“By making smart state investments in aviation, we can help ensure that the commonwealth’s airports are running safely and efficiently,” Governor Rendell said. “This investment will not only allow these airports to make necessary enhancements, it will also help them to further stimulate local economies.”

The program is funded through state capital bond dollars in the General Fund budget. The grants, which are authorized by the General Assembly, are administered by PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation.

For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us or call (717) 783-8800.

Editor’s Note: Following is a list of airport improvement grant recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of the projects:

Cambria County: John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport -- $350,000 to install above-ground fuel tanks and remove underground tanks.

Erie County: Erie International Airport Tom Ridge Field -- $2.7 million for the next phase of a runway extension project.

Indiana County: Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Field -- $664,900 for the next phase of a runway extension project.

Jefferson County: DuBois Regional Airport -- $635,100 to construct an air commerce park that will enhance economic development at the airport.

Lehigh County: Lehigh Valley International Airport -- $3 million to continue renovations to the airport's terminal building, providing economic and safety enhancements.

McKean County: Bradford Regional Airport -- $900,000 to construct a hangar facility within a Keystone Opportunity Zone on airport property.

Philadelphia County: Philadelphia International Airport -- $800,000 to rehabilitate and repair of Runway 9R/27L.

Venango County: Venango Regional Airport -- $450,000 to construct a community hangar, providing increased aircraft storage capacity at the airport.

Westmoreland County: Rostraver Airport -- $500,000 toward construction of aircraft hangars to meet the airport’s growing need for aircraft storage.

6 comments :

Haywood said...

Wow! Maybe some will go to the Cherry Springs Airport!! Oh...never mind.....we wiped that out to put in public toilets for the stargazers.....

Anonymous said...

No railroads that money can be dumped into either I guess...

Anonymous said...

I don't think an airport that benefited one family qualified. The toilets now there provide more benefit to a larger population of people than the "airport" did. Cherry Springs does not belong only to the people of Potter County, but rather the citizens of the entire state. Many of which apparently want a place to do their thing......

Anonymous said...

7:47:00 PM Maybe so BUT Cherry Springs is located in Potter County and some of us citizens of Potter County could do without those benefiting from the toilets!

So glad our large truck tire tax dollars are going towards the citizens of Pitt. & Phila's public transportation...remember the next time you take a ride on tax dollars to thank the citizens of Potter County...after all they belong to the entire state not just the city slickers...just another tax dollar we do not benefit from, once again...

Anonymous said...

I hear what you are saying 9:29 but the residents of Pitt and Philly pay the vast majority of the taxes. So why wouldn't more be spent on the population centers that are contributing most of the money. It's just the way the math works. Likewise, the residents of Potter County make up about 1/10 of 1 percent of the population of this state. Again, based on the numbers it seems to me we would have very little say in how the state park lands are to be used.

I'm not saying its ideal, but by choosing to live in a rural area its much more likely that your voice will not be heard and that less tax dollars are going to spent up here.

Anonymous said...

We may not contribute a much in outright tax dollars.But we sure load the kitty with timber sales!How bout it?