May 07, 2012

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Grants for Airports in Marion, Mason, Mercer Counties

Funding Will Enable Local Airports to Make Needed Upgrades

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Joe Manchin today announced that airports in Marion, Mason, and Mercer counties will receive a total of $939,210 in federal funding to make necessary upgrades to the airports and runways, improving travel and safety at the airports.

“Safety is a priority for our airfields.  This funding will help upgrade these vital airports to make sure pilots, passengers, and airport staff are fully protected,” said Rockefeller.  “Our airports are also a lifeline for so many communities in West Virginia, helping them grow and enabling businesses to thrive.  By making sure these airports get the improvements they need, we are also investing in our communities.”

“As I have said before, investing in infrastructure and improving our transportation facilities should be a commonsense priority for all Americans,” Senator Manchin said. “Investing in safe and reliable transportation infrastructure is a way for our communities to attract businesses and residents, which promotes economic growth. It is also critical to make the necessary improvements that will keep West Virginians safe as they travel across our state and country.”

The Fairmont Municipal-Frankman Field in Marion County will receive $600,000 to assist the airport in meeting design standards.  The Mason County Airport will receive $189,210 to advance safe airfield operations and rehabilitate runway lighting.  The Mercer County Airport will receive $150,000 to acquire snow removal equipment for the airport.  

The federal funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.