News Article - December 11, 2009

  HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.

   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.


Source - PennDOT