March 24, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $1,193,098 in grant funding to seven airports across Maine. The funding is awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency within the DOT.
“Maine’s airports are important economic engines, helping to transport goods, strengthen the tourism industry and support jobs across our state,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This funding will bolster our transportation infrastructure and help support local economies across Maine.”
The funding will be awarded as follows:
· Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Bar Harbor will receive $425,000 for the replacement of 35 airfield guidance signs and foundations, as well as the relocation of airport’s wind cone and segmented circle.
· Knox County Regional Airport in Rockland will receive $150,000 for an environmental assessment.
· Oxford County Regional Airport in Oxford will receive $150,000 to update the airport’s master plan study.
· Waterville Robert Lafleur Airport in Waterville will receive $135,458 for the acquisition of three easements to protect runway approaches.
· Belfast Municipal Airport in Belfast will receive $142,500 for the removal of tree obstructions on the runway approach surface.
· Brunswick Executive Airport in Brunswick will receive $116,465 to maintain the structural integrity of pavement on the airport’s taxiway.
· Dewitt Field, Old Town Municipal Airport in Old Town will receive $73,675 for the replacement of the airport’s existing beacon.