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6 local airports receiving funding

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014, 04:15 PM EDT

By: WJAC Web Staff

HARRISBURG -- Six area airports are receiving state and federal funding to improve safety and operations at their airstrips, according to PennDOT.

Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that the commonwealth is receiving $18 million in investments for 35 airports statewide.

The state funding is more than $904,000 and the Federal Aviation Administration is providing $17.1 million in funding through a block grant program.

In Bedford County, the Bedford County Airport will receive $316,666 to purchase more land and rehabilitate the weather observation system.

In Cambria County, the Ebensburg Airport will receive $227,110 for installation of navigational aids to help pilots land.

The Clearfield-Lawrence Airport in Clearfield County will receive $467,993 to improve the apron and seal pavement cracks.

The St. Marys Municipal Airport in Elk County will receive $455,004 to remove obstructions and purchase snow removal equipment.

In Jefferson County, the Punxsutawney Airport will receive $381,250 to build a taxiway turnaround.

In Somerset County, the Somerset County Airport will receive $376,833 to remove obstructions and finish an apron rehabilitation.

"When we expand a runway or make it safer to land at an airport, we ensure that they can meet business and community demands and continue supporting these jobs," Corbett said.

The airports account for more than 2,600 jobs, Corbett said.

6 local airports receiving funding

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