Pittsfield Municipal Airport receives new funding

Berkshire Eagle Staff report

PITTSFIELD -- State legislators announced today that the Pittsfield Municipal Airport will receive $106,125 in state grant funding from the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission (MAC).

The announcement was made by Sen. Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli (D-Lenox).

The total project cost is $4,245,000 which includes engineering, property purchase, demolition, administration and legal services. The airport will eventually acquire seven parcels of land totaling 116 acres for runway safety areas, protection zones, runway and taxiway extension, open space preservation and airport terminal area improvements.

This funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program. This program leverages federal grants to public entities for the planning and development of public-use airports. All eligible projects receive 95 percent funding for costs from the FAA, 2.5 percent from MAC and the other 2.5 percent from the municipality.

Earlier this month, the airport was awarded two grants from the MAC, totaling $10,475, to aid in environmental permitting and airspace obstruction removal.

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