Mercer, Lawrence Co. airports to get funding

Airport updates western PA

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – Governor Tom Corbett announced Wednesday that an $18 million state and federal investment will improve safety and operations at 35 Pennsylvania airports, according to a press release.

The state portion of funding – $904,981 from PennDOT’s aviation development program – comes from the state’s jet fuel tax.

The Federal Aviation Administration is providing $17.1 million in grants through the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees, and the sale of aviation fuel. Airports receive up to 90 percent of eligible project costs for projects included in Pennsylvania’s 12-year transportation program.

Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the aviation development program. Airports eligible for the federal block grant program include: general aviation airports, designated reliever airports, and non-primary commercial service airports (those with fewer than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

Lawrence County’s New Castle Municipal Airport will receive $601,667 to rehabilitate its runway and taxiway lighting.

Mercer County’s Greenville Municipal Airport will receive $451,250 to rehabilitate runway lighting. The county’s Grove City Regional Airport will get $150,417 to remove obstructions.

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