Plans to add new aviation directional signs and lighting at Buffalo Niagara International Airport have received a major boost, thanks to funding secured through the Federal Aviation Administration.
Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were able to get a $6,776,181 federal grant for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority that will pay for the upgrades.
The project calls for Buffalo Niagara International Airport to obtain new guidance signs, runway distance-to-go signs and runway lighting. Officials say the project is essential to keep up with demands made by airlines serving the airport.
Funding was awarded through the federal Airport Improvement Program and will be administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation and FAA. The money comes from the federal Airport and Airway Trust Funds, which itself is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and other similar revenue sources.
The work should be completed this year.