Feds Support Local Airports

The federal government is looking out for Maryland’s local airports.

Delmarvanow reports that Crisfield-Somerset County Airport will receive $411,000 in federal grant money for repairs and improvements to runways, the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport and Easton-Newnam Field Airport will each get about $90,000, and the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville will get about $78,000.

In addition to the Eastern Shore awardees, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced a number of awards to other local airports in the state. They announced a $2,812,938 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Montgomery County Airpark Airport in Gaithersburg. According to the release, the funds will support rehabilitation and enhancement of a key runway and construction of a new lighting system.  Western Maryland airports will receive $5,660,000 for runway improvements and construction of taxiway extensions: The Richard A Henson Field Airport (HGR) in Hagerstown will receive $260,000, while the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport (CBE) in Cumberland will receive $5,400,000.

The grants are awarded through the DOT, Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. According to the federal listing of grant awardees, other recent local Maryland airport awardees include:

  • Frederick Municipal – $222,300
  • St. Mary’s Regional – $3,303,906
  • Ocean City Municipal – $556,324