U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced in a recent news release that Trenton-Mercer Airport has received $13.3 million, part of $18.6 million from the Federal Avaiation Administration to local New Jersey airports for runway construction and rehabilitation, fire and rescue equipment, and other safety improvements.
The Trenton-Mercer Airport money will go to improve safety and prevent runway overshoot by adding protective technology at the end of two runways, and $120,000 to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment.
“This federal funding will protect passengers and help local New Jersey airports continue to provide reliable service,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the FAA. “New Jersey is a major transportation hub and this funding will help us welcome tourists, accommodate business travelers, and strengthen our economy.”
“These grants are important to keeping air travel in New Jersey safe and affordable,” Menendez said. “Without strong federal investment in aviation our regional airports would not be able to continue to thrive and help drive economic growth.”
Other New Jersey Airports airports also receiving grants:
- Robert J. Miller Air Park in Toms River: $4 million for Ocean County to construct a new runway.
- Atlantic City International Airport: $765,000 for the South Jersey Transportation Authority to acquire a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fightingvehicle and $300,000 for the Authority to evaluate environmental issues related to the installation of a new perimeter fence.
- Linden Airport: $36,000 for the City of Linden to conduct a runway rehabilitation project.
- Essex County Airport: $110,000 for the Essex County Improvement Authority to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment.