Saturday, September 08, 2012

Cheers ✈ Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional (KSBY), Salisbury, Maryland: Airport has received $1.3 million federal grant • FAA funding will help pay for upgrade of two runways

SALISBURY — The Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional airport has received $1.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to renovated and upgrade two of its runways.

The grant is the first of a two part, multiyear grant to renovate parts of the ‘Echo’ runway, originally built in 1943 by the U.S. Navy, and the ‘Bravo’ runway. The project is estimated to cost $2.8 million, 10 percent of which will be paid for by Wicomico County and the Maryland Aviation Administration through the use of passenger fees.

Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced the grant Thursday, saying it is a way to improve safety, keep a strong economy and ensure transportation options in Wicomico County.

“This grant is a commonsense investment in safety, and reflects my commitment to renovating and upgrading transportation centers in our state,” said Cardin, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

“Our regional airports play a key role in maintaining our robust economy,” Mikulski said. “These federal dollars will help ensure that the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport can continue to operate safely and efficiently, and keep Marylanders on the go.”


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