Senators Announce Federal Funding To Improve New Jersey Airports

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U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

NEWARK—U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $18.6 million to local New Jersey airports for runway construction and rehabilitation, fire and rescue equipment, and other safety improvements.

While the majority of the funding will go to Trenton Mercer Airport, Linden will receive $36,000 to conduct a runway rehabilitation project at Linden Airport.

“This federal funding will protect passengers and help local New Jersey airports continue to provide reliable service,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the FAA. “New Jersey is a major transportation hub and this funding will help us welcome tourists, accommodate business travelers, and strengthen our economy.”

“These grants are important to keeping air travel in New Jersey safe and affordable,” said Menendez. “Without strong federal investment in aviation our regional airports would not be able to continue to thrive and help drive economic growth.”

In addition to Linden Airport, the following airports will be awarded FAA grants:

  • Robert J. Miller Air Park in Toms River: $4 million for Ocean County to construct a new runway.
  • Trenton Mercer Airport: $13.3 million for Mercer County to improve safety and prevent runway overshoot by adding protective technology at the end of two runways, and $120,000 to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment.
  • Atlantic City International Airport: $765,000 for the South Jersey Transportation Authority to acquire a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle and $300,000 for the Authority to evaluate environmental issues related to the installation of a new perimeter fence.
  • Essex County Airport: $110,000 for the Essex County Improvement Authority to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment.

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