Barletta Announces Federal Grant Awarded to Harrisburg International Airport
HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that the Harrisburg International Airport has been awarded $10,932,964 in grant funding through the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Barletta has consistently championed efforts to invest in our nation's airport infrastructure, particularly through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
“Infrastructure truly is the backbone of our economy,” Barletta said, “and that means we must provide adequate funding for our transportation system, including railways, highways, and of course, airports. I am especially pleased to see Harrisburg International Airport receive this much needed funding, which will enhance air service for the residents of Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District and surrounding communities.”
In June, Barletta co-authored an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill that boosts AIP funding to help airports deal with the backlog of needed infrastructure projects. In particular, the amendment restores AIP to the same funding level as in Fiscal Year 2011 ($3.52 billion) and increases the amount by two percent in each subsequent year.
In Pennsylvania alone, airports have identified $700 million in critical infrastructure projects. Nationally, airports require $20 billion each year worth of improvements. Barletta’s provision represents a much-needed funding increase for these projects. The bipartisan amendment, offered with Congressmen Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) and Sam Graves (R-MO), passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which Barletta is a member, by a unanimous vote and was included in the final bill, H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act, which was approved by the full committee on June 27.
Tim Edwards, Executive Director of the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, which is the owner and operator of Harrisburg International Airport, Capital City Airport, Franklin County Regional Airport, and Gettysburg Regional Airport, offered support for Barletta’s amendment and was pleased to hear about the AIP grant.
“The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority is grateful to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration for providing the funding necessary to complete the full length reconstruction of the primary instrument runway at Harrisburg International Airport. As a result of this grant award, Harrisburg International Airport will continue to serve the air transportation needs of the citizens of Central Pennsylvania by providing the highest standards in airport safety and efficiency.”
The grant will be used to rehabilitate Harrisburg International Airport's only runway, Runway 13-31. Specifically, the funds will be used to prolong the life of the pavement, replace centerline lights, upgrade lead-on lights, reconfigure the Surface Movement Guidance and Control System, and upgrade runway surface monitoring equipment.