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Newark airport getting $6M for repairs

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Just a week after announcing more than $18 million for repairs and new construction projects at New Jersey airports, U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced another round of federal funding today.

New Jersey will get more than $6 million from the Department of Transportation, with most of that earmarked to repair taxiways at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to a statement by the senators.

Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday announced a $6.2 million grant for Ocean County Airport, in Berkeley, to build a new runway.

“New Jersey’s economy relies on a safe, efficient transportation system,” said Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park), a member of the subcommittee that funds the DOT and FAA. “These runway improvements will keep passengers safe and help New Jersey businesses that use our airports every day.”

In addition, Lincoln Park Airport will get $114,000 to rehabilitate pavement on its taxiways through the DOT.

The FAA grant to Ocean County Airport, part of the $3.3 billion Airport Improvement Program, is for a new runway to cross the existing one, according to an announcement. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by 2013.

Last week, Trenton-Mercer and Atlantic City International airports were among the hubs that got funding. Trenton-Mercer was awarded more than $13 million to improve safety conditions on its runways.


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