WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $2,812,938 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Montgomery County Airpark Airport (GAI) in Gaithersburg, Md. Authorities will use the funds to rehabilitate and enhance a key runway, including construction of a new lighting system designed to assist aircraft during low-visibility conditions.
“These funds are a federal investment in all the Montgomery County businesses and residents who depend on The Montgomery County Airpark Airport for their trade and transportation needs,” said Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “I will continue working to ensure that this airport – and all our regional airports – has the resources it needs to continue safe and efficient operations.”
“Regional and general aviation airports serve as an important resource to communities in our state and are vital to maintaining a strong economy – we must ensure their safety,” said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. “I’m committed to making sure Maryland has the funding it needs to keep all of our airports – both large and small – 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.