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Face lift for Pa. airports will support over 2,600 jobs

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 17 2014 12:28:34 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 17 2014 05:10:16 AM CDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Governor Tom Corbett Wednesday announced that an $18 million state and federal investment will improve safety and operations at 35 Pennsylvania airports that support more than 2,600 jobs.

The governor said expanded runways at Pennsylvania's public-use airports will make landing safer for airplanes, ensure that airports meet business and community demands and continue to support more than 300,000 jobs

The state portion of funding – $904,981 from PennDOT’s aviation development program – comes from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages $904,981 in local matching funds.

The program complements the new Multi-Modal Fund, created by Act 89, which dedicates $5 million to aviation in this fiscal year alone.

In November, Corbett signed Act 89, a far-reaching transportation program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation assets.

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.

See a list of airport improvement grant recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of the projects.