Western Maryland Airports Get Federal Funds

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.