State investments of $10 million in aviation grants will help improve facilities, help businesses expand operations and ensure safety across Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania’s numerous transportation options make us a great place to do business and put people to work,” Governor Tom Corbett said. “These projects will supplement the state’s new comprehensive transportation plan which next year, increases dedicated funding for aviation, rail freight and more. “Having reliable investments will help even more businesses and facilities expand and operate safely because they know Pennsylvania values transportation.”
The grants were approved by the State Transportation Commission, which evaluates and assesses the resources needed to maintain and expand the state’s transportation system. The 15-member commission includes the Secretary of Transportation, Barry Schoch, 10 private citizens appointed by the governor, and the majority and minority chairs of the state Senate and House Transportation Committees.
The state has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 15 of those airports have scheduled commercial service. Authorized by the General Assembly, aviation grants are administered by PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation.
Allegheny County: Allegheny County Airport – $900,000 to rehabilitate and restore the historic main terminal buildings.
Blair County: Altoona-Blair County Airport — $200,000 to replace the fuel facility.
Carbon County: Jake Arner Memorial Airport — $300,000 to construct hangars.
Erie County: Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field — $100,000 to acquire a tractor and mowing deck.
Luzerne County: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport – $2.6 million to construct a commercial aircraft hangar and demolish the old terminal building complex.
Schuylkill County: Schuylkill County/Joe Zerbey Airport — $125,000 for the third phase of hangar construction.
Tioga County: Wellsboro-Johnston Airport — $500,000 to construct a hangar.
Washington County: Washington County Airport – $2.6 million to construct a taxi lane and apron as well as prepare a hangar site and construct a hangar.
Westmoreland County: Arnold Palmer Regional Airport — $2 million for the first phase of constructing an addition to the terminal building.
York County: Capital City Airport — $700,000 to improve terminal area facilities and rehabilitate a hangar.