The Carroll County Regional Airport will soon get safety improvements to the northern section of its runway after a recent award of federal dollars.
U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Rep. Jamie Raskin on Tuesday announced $260,000 in federal funding for the airport, including $26,000 in American Rescue Plan funds.
These funds, provided through the Federal Aviation Administration, will allow for the reconstruction of 5,500 feet of runway pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.
Mark Myers, airport operations manager for the county, said he’s very happy the facility was granted the money.
“The project will enhance operational safety at the airport,” he said, noting the new runway will be 400 feet longer and shifted 250 feet west and 600 feet north.
In addition, Myers said the area between the current taxiway and runway will be widened from 300 feet to 400 feet for safety reasons.
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“The project is running smoothly and we’re pressing on,” he said.
Federal funding will help support crucial infrastructure improvements to the airport, which is an important economic driver for the region, according to a news release.
“As we build back better, investing in infrastructure improvements across our state will help create jobs and keep our economy moving. That’s why we’ve fought for federal dollars — including American Rescue Plan funding — for projects like this, to support essential transportation needs that benefit Marylanders,” said Van Hollen, a Democrat member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, in a statement.
“Carroll County Regional Airport is a key driver for our local economy. We will keep working in Congress to provide federal funding for our local airports to spur economic growth in our region and ensure safe, reliable, and efficient service for Marylanders and visitors alike,” he added.
Cardin, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee and a Democrat, stated, “This new round of federal funding will support critical repairs of Carroll County Regional Airport to better serve our state and region in the years ahead.”
The funding that was made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is available to help cover state and local funding obligations up to 100% of the cost of the project for any grants awarded in fiscal year 2020 or 2021.
Members of the Maryland delegation have fought for funding to support local airports throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have delivered Maryland airports over $98 million in funding through the American Rescue Plan, over $24 million in funding through the December Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and over $107 million in funding through the CARES Act.