Feds to give Bangor, Princeton airports more than $3 million for upgrades

A twin-engine Beechcraft (center) and a four-engine Air Force C-5B Galaxy (left) are among the aircraft occupying ramp space at Bangor International Airport on a foggy Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.
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A twin-engine Beechcraft (center) and a four-engine Air Force C-5B Galaxy (left) are among the aircraft occupying ramp space at Bangor International Airport on a foggy Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.
Posted July 23, 2013, at 6:06 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will provide more than $3 million to fund improvements at Bangor International Airport and Princeton Municipal Airport, according to a news release issued by members of Maine’s congressional delegation.

Bangor International Airport will receive two grants totalling more than $2.6 million.

A nearly $1.9 million grant will be used to enclose an existing drainage canal near the helicopter pad that attracts wildlife, which was a recommendation from the airport’s Wildlife Hazard Assessment, according to the release.

The other grant of roughly $747,000 will be used to rehabilitate the runway subsurface drainage system on the aircraft parking apron, as well as upgrade in-pavement LED lights on the runway.

“The city and the airport appreciate the support of Maine’s congressional delegation,” Anthony Caruso, BIA’s director, said in a statement. “These important projects will improve safety on the airfield and have been identified on the airport’s FAA approved five-year Capital Improvement Plan. We look forward to completing these projects by early fall.”

In addition, the FAA will provide the Princeton Municipal Airport with a $509,400 grant to create a new and safer taxiway for planes to access the main runway, the news release said.

“These investments in Maine’s airport infrastructure are critical not only to the safety of airport staff and the traveling public, but also to our state’s economy,” the congressional delegation said in a statement. “These projects will promote economic activity during construction and help improve our communities’ competitiveness.”

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