WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $875,000 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Field Airport to purchase a rotary plow vehicle which will enhance the airport’s ability to clear the airfield during adverse weather conditions and keep the airport open.
“These funds are a federal investment in Washington County, 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 and general aviation airports connect Maryland businesses with opportunities up and down the Eastern Seaboard,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. “Hagerstown Regional Airport is crucial to growing our economy and is a great resource for our local communities. This grant will help the airport continue to expand opportunities for Maryland’s businesses, and I’m committed to ensuring that all of our local airports have the funding they need to move our economy forward.”
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, and airport signage, lighting, and markings, helping to create thousands of jobs.