June 18, 2018
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Presque Isle airport gets $63,000 in grants for improvements

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Northern Maine Regional Airport will use two U.S. Department of Transportation grants to make $63,000 worth of improvements to the Airport Drive facility, according to U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

Scott Wardwell, director of the airport, said Friday that the city of Presque Isle was awarded one $43,075 grant to install guidance signs at the airport.

“We revamped our main runway three years ago, but we did not replace some of the lighted guided signs at the time,” said Wardwell. “We felt we would get more life out of them if we kept using them, and we did. But the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] has now advised us that we should replace them, so this money will help us do that.”

The money will finance 30 airfield lighted signs.

Another $20,235 grant will help rehabilitate the existing apron pavement at the airport.

“It will just allow us to do normal crack sealing,” he said. “We do it every year.”

In a joint press release, the senators said, “Maine’s aviation infrastructure keeps its residents connected with the rest of the country and the world. These FAA funds will help [the airport] make the necessary upgrades and developments to improve services and safety.”

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