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Sept-16-11 Hughes announces new grant for Trenton-Mercer Airport
CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J. — Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today announced that Trenton-Mercer Airport will receive a $973,750.00 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the rehabilitation of Taxiways H, B, and F. These funds will be utilized for engineering and design work associated with the project.
The FAA is providing the grant under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides funding for airport upgrades dealing with safety, security, lighting, and pavement improvements. Mercer County’s share will not exceed 5% of the total project cost.
“It is not an easy task to acquire funding from the federal government these days. This grant award underlines the importance of the improvements to our facility; it also underlines the importance of Trenton-Mercer Airport to aviation throughout the entire region,” Hughes said.
Actual construction on the taxiways, pending additional funding, has not yet been schedule but will include the replacement of approximately 54,000 square yards of pavement, an upgrade of lighting that is more than 15 years old, and new markings and signage.
This nearly $1 million adds to $13.4 million previously announced grants that are being used to upgrade runway safety areas and install new technology that helps prevent catastrophic crashes.