WASHINGTON — Hagerstown Regional Airport will get a $260,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway repairs and improvements.
The grant 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 signs, lighting and markings.
U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., announced the grant Tuesday.
“Western Maryland’s regional airports are a key element of local communities’ and businesses’ ability to conduct trade and reach their destinations expediently and safely, making them important hubs for local economic activity,” Cardin said in a statement. “These funds are a federal investment in that economic activity and in all of Western Maryland’s residents.”
Cardin is ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.
“Regional and general aviation airports serve as an important resource to communities in our state and are vital to maintaining a strong economy — we must ensure their safety,” Van Hollen said. “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.”
Van Hollen serves on the Senate Appropriations and Budget committees.