FAA giving $18.6M to N.J. airports for repairs, construction

August 31. 2012 1:35PM

Atlantic City International was among the list of airports in New Jersey awarded federal funding for construction and rehabilitation projects and safety improvements.

According to an announcement from U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, a total of $18.6 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding was awarded to five New Jersey airports, including more than $1 million for Atlantic City and nearly $13.5 million for Trenton-Mercer Airport.

"New Jersey is a major transportation hub, and this funding will help us welcome tourists, accommodate business travelers and strengthen our economy," said Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park), a member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the FAA, in prepared remarks.

Per the senators' announcement, the following airports will be awarded FAA grants:

– Trenton-Mercer will get $13.3 million for protective technology to make two runways safer, and $120,000 to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment.

– Robert J. Miller Air Park, in Toms River, will get $4 million for a new runway.

– Atlantic City International will get $765,000 for a new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, and $300,000 to evaluate environmental issues related to the installation of a new perimeter fence.

– Essex County Airport will get $110,000 to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment.

– Linden Airport will get $36,000 for a runway rehabilitation project.