Private, regional airports to receive state grants for improvements

Three private airports in Dauphin and Lebanon counties are among those getting state money for improvements, state Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler says.

Bendigo Airport in Rush Twp., along Route 325 near the Dauphin-Schuylkill County border, will get $35,812 to repaint pavement markings and buy snow-removal equipment.

Deck Airport in Jackson Twp., Lebanon County, will get $195,000 for pavement rehabilitation, repainting of pavement markings, removal of obstructions near aircraft-movement areas and installation of aircraft-guidance equipment.

Farmers Pride Airport in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County, will get $86,625 for rehabilitation of pavement that provides access to aircraft storage hangars.

Elsewhere in central Pennsylvania, Danville Airport in Northumberland County will get $157,500 to buy a snow-removal tractor, acquire easements and remove obstructions to maintain clear aircraft flight paths.

In Juniata County, Mifflintown Airport will get nearly $425,000 for taxiway and apron resurfacing.

The grant money is provided through the Bureau of Aviation in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The grants are funded by revenue from a state tax on sales of jet fuel. The state money is being matched by $1.4 million in local funding.

DAN MILLER, Of The Patriot-News