Falls airport gets $14 million grant
By Jerry Zremski
NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Published:September 22, 2010, 12:00 AM
Updated: September 22, 2010, 6:57 AM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $14 million grant for improvements to a secondary runway at Niagara Falls International Airport.
The money will be used to establish “safety zones” at each end of the 5,189-foot runway, said C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Each of the safety zones will be 1,000 feet long and 500 feet wide.
The zones will be cleared of trees and will be otherwise improved. Hartmayer said such safety improvements are important both for the general aviation flights that use the runway, as well as for Air Force Reserve and National Guard flights.
The federal government will pay for 95 percent of the project, with the NFTA and the state each chipping in $396,416.
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, DFairport, announced the federal grant.
“The airport is one more testament to the fact that Niagara County is a good place to do business, and I will do everything I can to support it,” Slaughter said.
Hartmayer said the NFTA was grateful to Slaughter for working for the funding, adding the project is important “because safety is our No. 1 priority.”
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