Seven airports can make upgrades and safety enhancements with the aid of a $10 million state investment from PennDOT's Aviation Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program, according to an announcement from the Rendell Administration.
The program is funded through state capital bond dollars in the General Fund budget. The grants, which are authorized by the General Assembly, are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Aviation.
Following is a list of airport improvement grant recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of the projects from the Governor’s office:
Allegheny County: Pittsburgh International Airport -- $3 million for the final phase of a project to construct a deicing storm-water treatment facility.
Blair County: Altoona-Blair County Airport -- $750,000 to build new hangars and rehabilitate existing ones.
Bradford County: Bradford County Airport -- $200,000 to construct T-hangars.
Bucks County: Quakertown Airport -- $850,000 to acquire property for airport development and to install a new fuel facility.
Lehigh County: Lehigh Valley International Airport -- $500,000 to renovate the airport's existing terminal building.
Philadelphia County: Philadelphia International Airport -- $3.7 million to rehabilitate the existing runway 9L/27R pavement.
Washington County: Washington County Airport -- $1 million to move an existing T-hangar to a new location to facilitate future development at the airport.
In related news, the Governor’s office announced a $32.5 million state investment in 38 rail projects in 28 counties will upgrade and add capacity.
More than two-thirds of the funding, $23.9 million, will come from the 2010-11 Rail Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program funded through state capital bond dollars approved in the General Fund budget.
The remaining $8.6 million comes from the 2011-12 Rail Freight Assistance Program, which is provided through the state's General Fund. Both grant programs, which are authorized by the General Assembly, are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight.