Barletta Announces Grant for Harrisburg International Airport
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) has been awarded a federal grant of over $8.8 million to fund the rehabilitation of its runway. The grant, from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) within the Department of Transportation, will maintain the structural integrity of the runway pavement and help minimize foreign object debris. Barletta has long been a champion of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), the funding source for Harrisburg’s grant.
“This is great news for HIA and all of the travelers who pass through Pennsylvania’s capital city,” Barletta said. “Infrastructure truly is the backbone of our economy, and that means we must provide adequate funding for our transportation system, including railways, highways, and of course, airports.”
“We truly appreciate the award of this grant, which will be used to begin the much needed reconstruction of the primary instrument runway in Harrisburg,” said Tim Edwards, Executive Director of the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, the owner and operator of Harrisburg International Airport. “Without funding support from the FAA, the reconstruction of this valuable transportation asset would not be possible.”
The grant to HIA totals $8,836,394 and will be used to rehabilitate 4,000 feet of runway, including pavement milling, overlay of the existing surface, marking, lighting, and obstruction mitigation. This will be the first of three phases of the overall project, at a total estimated cost of $24.5 million, scheduled for completion in 2018.
In February, Barletta co-authored an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill to restore AIP funding to the same level as in Fiscal Year 2011 ($3.5 billion) and increase the amount by 2 percent in each subsequent year. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which Barletta is a member, approved the amendment with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 47-to-12. The Senate has already approved its FAA reauthorization legislation, while the House version remains under consideration. In Pennsylvania alone, airports have identified $700 million in critical infrastructure projects. Nationally, airports require $30 billion worth of improvements.