U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, both Democrats, on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $28,919,131 in federal funding to support airports throughout New Jersey.
Those funds include an additional $3,180,239 the senators secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help the state’s COVID-19 response.
“New Jersey’s airports are vital means of transportation for countless New Jerseyans and serve as economic drivers for our region, but their ability to operate fully both now and into the future has been threatened by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Booker. “I will continue to fight for federal funding like this to modernize our region’s aging infrastructure in order to increase safety and reliability, boost job creation, and strengthen New Jersey’s economic competitiveness.”
“Our airports are hubs for commerce and travel, both domestic and international, and play a major role in our state’s economy,” said Menendez. “The economic crisis hit our airports hard but this funding will allow the airports to make the necessary upgrades and repairs they need to keep their workers and air travelers safe.”
The following airports received federal funding:
Atlantic City International Airport – $11,235,492
Portion from CARES Act – $718,849
To rehabilitate 10,000 feet of the airport’s runway.
Cape May County Airport – $2,755,555
Portion from CARES Act – $275,555
To rehabilitate 5,000 feet of runway and maintain pavement.
Lincoln Park Airport – $328,111
Portion from CARES Act – $32,811
To remove tree obstructions from runway.
Millville Municipal Airport – $1,467,376
Portion from CARES Act – $146,737
To expand apron to 45,000 square yards to accommodate increased use.
Morristown Municipal Airport – $7,984,413
Portion from CARES Act – $798,441
To improve runway safety area.
Newark Liberty International Airport – $4,620,184
Portion from CARES Act – $1,155,046
To rehabilitate 1,635 feet of taxiway and 6,400 feet of runway.
Somerset Airport – $528,000
Portion from CARES Act – $52,800
To purchase a new emergency generator and vehicle with snowplow and blower attachments.
In April, the senators announced more than $160 million in CARES Act funding to support the state’s airports throughout the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis.
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