Upgrades planned for Mercer County airports

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced on Tuesday 19 airports in the state will receive improvements with the aid of a $2.1 million state investment.

Two of the airports receiving funds are located in Mercer County.

The money will be used to make safety enhancements and improve operations.

“Airports contribute to our communities’ economies and create thousands of jobs for Pennsylvanians,” Corbett said. “This state support will help the airports continue operating safely and ensure that they can continue to meet business demands.”

The Greenville Municipal Airport will receive $7,500 to acquire airfield mowing equipment.  The Grove City Regional Airport will receive $123,750 to acquire airfield maintenance equipment and snow removal equipment.

The grants are distributed through PennDOT’s aviation development program, which is funded from the state’s jet fuel tax.

The grants were approved by the State Transportation Commission. The 15-member commission includes the Secretary of Transportation, 10 private citizens appointed by the governor, and the majority and minority chairs of the state Senate and House Transportation Committees.

The state has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 15 of those airports have scheduled commercial service.

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