Carroll County government has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for general infrastructure and planning purposes at the Carroll County Regional Airport.
Jeff Topper, deputy director of the Department of Public Works, said this is the latest installment of an annual allocation the county has received for about 20 years. Known as non-primary-entitlement funding, it is awarded to local airports that are involved to some extent with commercial traffic, Topper said.
U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin issued a press release stating the money “will be used to study the environmental impacts of the proposed construction of a replacement runway, a full-length taxiway, land acquisition and obstruction removal projects,” at the airport, but Topper said the funds are not directly related to the ongoing work to expand the existing runway.
“When a project like the expansion gets underway, there will be funds that the FAA and the [Maryland Aviation Administration] gives to us that will be discretionary for the project, but these funds are for the airport in general,” he said.