Scarnati: Local Airports to Receive State Grants To Improve Facilities

August 20, 2014

Two airports in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded a total of $387,500 in state grants to improve safety and operations, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati said St. Marys Municipal Airport in Elk County was awarded $262,500 to construct a vehicle parking lot.

Bradford Regional Airport in McKean County will also receive $125,000 to rehabilitate four hangars.

The two projects are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Aviation Development Program, which is financed by the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages $1.5 million in local matching funds.

“Airports are a critical part of our transportation system, particularly in rural areas of the state,” Scarnati said. “I’m pleased that we are investing in Pennsylvania’s smaller regional airports, which are important to economic development and providing safe transportation for area residents.”

The local facilities were among 20 airports across Pennsylvania to share $3.4 million through this round of funding.  Public-use airports in the Commonwealth are eligible for the Aviation Development Program.

More information regarding state aviation programs can be found on the PennDOT website (www.dot.state.pa.us).

CONTACT:    Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov      (717) 787-7084