Sarbanes announces airport grant Construction start planned for spring


U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes officially announced yesterday that Carroll County will receive $1.6 million in federal money to help expand the Carroll County Regional Airport.

The county got word several months ago that it would receive the money, General Services Director J. Michael Evans said yesterday.

The federal government has given about $8.9 million to the project, including yesterday's grant, Mr. Evans said.

The county has purchased most of the land needed for the expansion, and construction is scheduled to begin this spring.

"Improvements to the airport will ensure safety and will help economic development throughout Carroll County," Mr. Sarbanes said in a news release.

The airport runway measures 3,200 feet. The county plans to lengthen the runway and expand ground-support facilities and public and private hangars.

The county will ask for about $7.2 million more in federal money to finish the project, Mr. Evans said.

The Federal Aviation Administration pays 90 percent of the cost of the project, and the state and county contribute 5 percent each. The project will cost about $17 million.

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