WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $6,400,000 million in funding for Western Maryland regional airports.
A $1,000,000 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant is being awarded to Hagerstown Regional Airport, Richard A. Henson Field in Hagerstown, Md. Authorities will use the funds to rehabilitate and enhance 5,500 feet of runway, as well as begin expanding the terminal building to accommodate a greater number of passengers and luggage.
A $5,400,000 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant is being awarded to Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Cumberland Heights, Md. Authorities will use the funds to rehabilitate more than 5,000 feet of runway that has begun degenerating.
“These funds are a federal investment in Washington and Allegany Counties, and all the businesses and residents who depend on our regional airports for trade and transportation,” said Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “Ensuring our local airports are safe and able to meet demand is critical to keeping our economy moving. I will continue working hard to ensure all our regional airports have the resources they need.”
“Regional airports are central to the success and economic health of Western Maryland, serving as an important resource to residents and local businesses,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. “I’m committed to making sure Maryland has the funding it needs to keep airports across our state both safe and accessible to our residents.”
This DOT grant will be awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings, all helping to create thousands of local jobs.