$400K grant awarded to Altoona–Blair County Airport

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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Congressman John Joyce Tuesday announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a discretionary grant to the Altoona-Blair County Airport.

The Blair County Airport will receive $432,000 for a runway rehabilitation project. Congressman Joyce says enhancing the airport runway is critical for the facility to ensure its continued success.

This grant will fund the final phase of the project, which is a third of the 3300 ft. runway. The first phase had the first two-thirds of the pavement redone.

“These improvements for both utility and safety will support the Blair County Regional Airport’s mission to provide essential services and economic opportunities,” said Dr. Joyce. “As always, I remain committed to advancing true infrastructure improvements in Blair County.”

The manager of the Blair County airport, Tracy Plessinger says the runway construction will keep up with the maintenance for the airport and provide flyers and pilots a safer experience.

The airport recently received $100,000 from PennDOT’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program for the construction of a corporate hangar facility. As of April 2021, Pennsylvania ranks 16th in the country in the number of public-use aviation facilities.

The project is projected to be completed by the end of the summer.

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