Barletta Announces Increase in Harrisburg International Airport Grant
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) will see an increase of almost $2 million in a grant already awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant was first awarded in May, totaling $8,836,394, with the FAA today announcing that the amount has been raised to $10,800,000, an increase of $1,963,606. The grant will be used to help maintain the structural integrity of runway pavement at HIA 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.
“What was already good news for Harrisburg International Airport has just become better news,” 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.”
The grant to HIA now totaling $10.8 million 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 and House failed to come to an agreement on that long-term funding bill for the FAA, so in the interim a short-term package has been signed into law, which continues existing policy. In Pennsylvania alone, airports have identified $700 million in critical infrastructure projects. Nationally, airports require $30 billion worth of improvements.