HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Three western Maryland airports have received more than $17 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants for airport improvements, the state's two U.S. senators said Thursday.
Frederick Municipal Airport got more than $7 million to remove obstructions and acquire land. The projects will enhance safety and security for aircraft, homes and businesses, senators Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski said in a statement.
Hagerstown Regional Airport received $7 million to build a runway safety area that is part of a larger runway improvement project, the Democratic senators said.
Garrett County Airport will use a $3.1 million grant to extend an existing runway to new FAA requirements, the senators said.
The grant will provide for the replacement of runway pavement and extend the runway to meet the needs of aircraft using the airport. The project will begin this fall.
The grants were approved for work in Belen, Roswell, Artesia, Clovis, Portales, Santa Teresa, Alamogordo, and San Juan Pueblo.
The grant will fund the widening of Taxiway U, which will allow it to better serve the larger aircraft that now use the airport; construction is expected to begin in October 2012 and take six months...
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