Middlebury State Airport receives $346,950 for improvements

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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has been awarded more than $850,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation in airport safety and infrastructure grants for four State airports.

VTrans applied for nine grants and has received the following four:

     1. State of Vermont – $270,000 to seal airport pavement at airports throughout the state
     2. Middlebury State Airport – $346,950 to remove obstructions in the approaches to Runway 1/19
     3. Edward F Knapp State Airport, Barre – $210,000 to update the airport master plan
     4. Southern Vermont Regional in Rutland – $30,000 for aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment

The federal funding is intended to keep the nation’s airports in a state of good repair and make air travel a better experience for passengers.

“These federal investments in Vermont’s state-owned airports will improve safety and enhance their economic potential,” Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, along with Representative Peter Welch said in a joint statement. “Consistent capital investment is needed to ensure that these community assets continue to be well maintained, and we are pleased to see these funds from the FAA put to good use here in Vermont.”

The grants, totaling $856,950, are a part of the Agency’s annual request to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“These improvements will continue to promote safe air travel for Vermonters and support the businesses who depend on these hubs,” said Governor Phil Scott.