3 Maine airports to share $542k for improvements

Posted March 01, 2011, at 3:34 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Three Maine airports will be sharing more than $542,000 in federal grants to help fund improvements.

Maine’s two United States senators say the Millinocket Municipal Airport will receive two grants for a total of $170,750 to buy land and rehabilitate airport infrastructure; the Central Maine Airport of Norridgewock received a grant of $136,750 to remove runway obstructions; and the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport received $235,000 to conduct an environmental study.

Sens. Olympia Snow and Susan Collins say airport infrastructure is a critical part of Maine’s transportation system, linking rural communities to major transport hubs.

They say the grants from the Federal Aviation Administration will help make critical improvements to the three airports, enhancing efficiency and safety.

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