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Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $4 Million for Eastern Shore Airports

December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators
Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $4,078,526 in
federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for two airports on
the Eastern Shore.

The
Crisfield Municipal Airport in Somerset County (W41) will receive $670,074 to
remove obstructions from the field. The Salisbury Regional Airport (SBY) in
Wicomico County will receive $3,408,452 to rehabilitate the taxiway and
lighting, as well as the apron.

“These
airports are vital to maintaining a strong economy on the Eastern Shore,
helping area residents and businesses,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of
the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. “
I’m committed to making
sure Maryland has the funding it needs to keep all of our airports – both large
and small – safe and accessible to our residents.”

“Crisfield
and Salisbury local airports have long played a critical role in facilitating
tourism and commerce on the Eastern Shore. This federal funding will improve
the safety and convenience for all who rely on them,” said Senator Cardin,
ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee
. “I will continue to work to
make sure that our transportation infrastructure meets the needs of all
Marylanders.” 

These
DOT grants will be awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s
Airport Improvement Program. The program funds various types of airport
infrastructure projects across the country, including repairs and upgrades to
runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings – all while creating
thousands of good-paying, local jobs.

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