Press Release

June 8, 2007
Funds will support improvements at BWI, Tipton and Eastern Shore Airports

, D.C. – Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski  (both D-Md.) today announced the Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $9.5 million in grants for improvements to four Maryland airports: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport, Cambridge-Dorchester Airport and Tipton Airport.


“Our airports play a key role in maintaining Maryland’s robust economy.  These projects will help our airports run safely and effectively, while keeping Marylanders on the go,” said Senator Mikulski. “I will keep fighting for the resources our Maryland communities need to foster growth and economic development.”


“Airports are critical for the economic development and health of regions across our state,” said Senator Cardin.  “This federal funding will help ensure the safety of passengers and airport personnel and help our state to continue to grow and prosper.”


The nearly $9.5 million in Department of Transportation grants includes:


— $6 million to rehabilitate the taxiway at BWI.


— $3.2 million for the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury, Md., to improve its runway safety area.


— $169,119 to extend the runway at the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport in Cambridge, Md., in order to meet runway safety area and runway protection zone standards.


— $82,538 to rehabilitate the apron at Tipton Airport in Fort Meade, Md., where the pavement has reached the end of its useful life.


Senator Mikulski is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, and Housing and Urban Development that funds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and she fights hard every year to put funds in the federal checkbook for grant programs to keep Maryland travelers safe.  Senator Cardin serves on the Budget Committee which sets the overall spending ceilings for each of the Senate’s spending panels.  The combination of budget and appropriations committee assignments is an especially strong one in securing vital funding for Maryland projects.