Federal Grants for Upgrades Go to Airports in Maine

May 29--Maine airports are receiving more than $4.7 million in federal grants for upgrades and safety improvements.

According to a news release from U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, a Maine independent, 17 airports are due to receive grants from the Federal Aviation Administration. They are:

Bangor International Airport -- $1,399,346 to install runway sensors, modify the terminal building PA system and rehabilitate the taxiway and apron.

Steven A. Bean Municipal Airport in Rangeley -- $200,000 to install perimeter fencing and a vertical/visual guidance system.

Belfast Municipal Airport -- $138,000 to plan for required improvements.

Biddeford Municipal Airport -- $320,000 to install airport beacons and perimeter fencing.

Brunswick Executive Airport -- $150,000 to remove obstructions to the runway approach.

Caribou Municipal Airport -- $150,000 to plan for future airport needs.

Central Maine Airport of Norridgewock -- $150,000 to acquire snow removal equipment.

Dewitt Field, Old Town Municipal Airport -- $50,000 to conduct an environmental study.

Eastport Municipal Airport -- $150,000 to install weather reporting equipment.

Greenville Municipal Airport -- $225,000 for environmental mitigation.

Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport -- $300,000 to install wind cones and replace obstruction lights and poles.

Knox County Regional Airport in Rockland -- $135,000 to rehabilitate the runway.

Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle -- $300,000 to rehabilitate the runway, taxiway and apron.

Pittsfield Municipal Airport -- $150,000 to plan for future development.

Portland International Jetport -- $484,183 to acquire snow removal equipment.

Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport -- $315,000 to rehabilitate the taxiway to plan for future airport needs.

Sugarloaf Regional Airport in Carrabassett -- $130,000 to acquire land for development.

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