Monday, July 28, 2014
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Grant money is used to improve Chesco's airports

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CHESTER COUNTY

More than $3 million in grant money

awarded to improve 3 local airports

WEST CHESTER State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) announced that three airports in Chester County would receive more than $3.3 million in state and federal funding to improve safety and operations.

The funding comes through PennDot's aviation development program and the Federal Aviation Administration's block-grant program.

Of the money, $2 million will go to the Chester County/G.O. Carlson Airport to remove obstructions and complete apron construction. The New Garden Flying Field will receive $1.2 million to reconstruct and widen the runway, and $158,333 is set for Brandywine Airport to study the feasibility of acquiring a precision approach that helps increase access and safety during poor weather.

"These funds will help improve the safety of our local, public-use airports, while boosting our regional economy and supporting our workforce," Dinniman said.

The grants are part of $18 million in state and federal investments that will improve safety and operations at 35 airports throughout Pennsylvania and support more than 2,600 jobs statewide.

- Inquirer staff

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