May 13, 2013

MA To Receive Over $1.8 Million for Airport Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Elizabeth Warren and William "Mo" Cowan, along with Congressman Bill Keating, announced today that airports in Barnstable, Nantucket, and Provincetown will receive over $1.8 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration that will be used to make critical safety improvements.

I'm glad the FAA has awarded these grants to airports on the Cape and Nantucket. The funding will help provide critical safety upgrades to ensure our airports can continue to serve families and businesses in Massachusetts. This is a great example of how investments in infrastructure can support our communities," said Sen. Warren.

"These investments will ensure that our airports in Barnstable, Nantucket, and Provincetown have the resources and infrastructure they need to make air travel safe and efficient for folks flying to and from the area, especially during the busy summer months," said Sen. Cowan.

"With the summer months approaching, residents of the Cape and Islands know just how busy their local airports get. In fact, Nantucket is the Commonwealth's second busiest airport after Logan. I and my colleagues have long championed the need for federal funds to keep our critical infrastructure functioning at optimal levels. These funds from the FAA will provide necessary improvements to allow these airports to continue operating safely and efficiently - something we can all support," said Rep. Keating.

The Barnstable Municipal-Boardman Airport/Polando Field will receive $806,233 in funding to improve the runway safety area, which will enhance the safety operations at the airport. The original Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) was installed in 2003 and is near the end of its useful life. The grant will also fund retrofitting the older generation EMAS blocks.

The Nantucket Memorial Airport will receive $700,000 in funding to update the airport's existing master plan study in order to help identify future airport needs.

The Provincetown Municipal Airport will receive $300,000 in funding for the installment of airfield guidance signs to enhance aircraft visual guidance and the safety of aircraft movements, as well as the rehabilitation of the apron, crack seal that is needed to maintain structural integrity of the pavement.