Maryland U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin today announced $5.55 million in federal funding for the Easton Airport (Easton/Newman Field) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will fund the first phase, including land acquisition, of a project to shift and extend one of the airport’s runways to meet demand.
The Airport is owned and operated by Talbot County, which has been working toward this extension for nearly ten years.
According to a press release:
“The Easton Airport serves as an important resource to the community and is vital to maintaining a strong local economy,” said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. “This funding will help it continue to grow and bring travelers and business alike to the Eastern Shore. I will keep working in Congress to ensure that Maryland has the funding it needs to keep all of our airports — large and small — safe and accessible.”
“I’ve strongly supported the ongoing federal investment in Easton Airport so that it can maximize its potential as an economic hub for the region. ESN continues to fuel local development and connect outsiders to Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore,” said Senator Cardin, the senior Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee’s Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “I am pleased to see years of planning by the county and community leaders pay off and will continue to advocate for federal investment in airports throughout Maryland.”
These DOT grants were awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects across the country, including repairs and upgrades to runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings – all while creating thousands of good-paying, local jobs.
The Maryland Congressional delegation has successfully fought for federal investment in the Easton Airport for years. Most recently in 2017, Easton/Newman Field received funding through the Airport Improvement Program for repairs and improvements.
The funding will be administered through Talbot County.
Read the full press release for more information.