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Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart airport to receive funds for upgrades

on July 17, 2014 11:00 AM

HARRISBURG – Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Airport is one of 35 airports in Pennsylvania to receive funds through an $18 million state and federal investment to improve safety and operations at 35 Pennsylvania airports that support more than 2,600 jobs.

The county airport will receive $354,666 to remove obstructions and complete a runway extension.

“Pennsylvania’s public-use airports support more than 300,000 jobs,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

“When we expand a runway or make it safer to land at an airport, we ensure that they can meet business and community demands and continue supporting these jobs.”

Other area airports receiving funds were the Ebensburg airport in Cambria County, $227,110 to install navigational aids to assist pilots in landing; and the Clearfield-Lawrence Airport, Clearfield County, $467,993 to rehabilitate an apron and seal cracks in the pavement.

The state portion of funding — $904,981 from PennDOT’s aviation development program — comes from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages $904,981 in local matching funds. The program complements the new Multi-Modal Fund, created by Act 89, which dedicates $5 million to aviation in this fiscal year alone. In November, Corbett signed Act 89, a far-reaching transportation program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation assets.

The Federal Aviation Administration is providing $17.1 million in grants through the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees and the sale of aviation fuel. Airports receive up to 90 percent of eligible project costs for projects included in Pennsylvania’s 12-year transportation program.

Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the aviation development program. Airports eligible for the federal block grant program include: general aviation airports, designated reliever airports and non-primary commercial service airports (those with fewer than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

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