Sunday, October 8, 2017

Federal grant awarded for Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR) equipment

A federal grant recently awarded to the Hagerstown Regional Airport will be used to purchase a new rotary plow.

U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen recently announced the $875,000 from the Department of Transportation.

The new equipment will be used to clear the airfield and keep the airport open in adverse weather conditions.

The Washington County Commissioners last month accepted a bid for a new multipurpose airport rotary plow, airport runway broom with air-blast system and carrier vehicle from Wausau Equipment Co. Inc. of New Berlin, Wis., for $639,767. Wausau was the lowest bidder of four responding companies.

The airport earlier received a grant for a new aircraft deicing truck, but none of the bids received met specifications, according to Airport Manager Phil Ridenour. Specifications have been revised, he said, and the truck will be rebid. Ridenour said any leftover funds from the new grant might be applied to the deicing truck if the costs are higher than the funding in place.

“These funds are a federal investment in Washington County, and all the businesses and residents who depend on our regional airports for trade and transportation,” Cardin, D-Md., said in a statement. “Ensuring our local airports are safe and able to meet demand is critical to keeping our economy moving. I will continue working hard to ensure all our regional airports have the resources they need.”

“Regional and general aviation airports connect Maryland businesses with opportunities up and down the Eastern Seaboard,” added Van Hollen, D-Md. "“Hagerstown Regional Airport is crucial to growing our economy and is a great resource for our local communities. This grant will help the airport continue to expand opportunities for Maryland’s businesses, and I’m committed to ensuring that all of our local airports have the funding they need to move our economy forward.”

Original article ➤ https://www.heraldmailmedia.com

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