WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - On Tuesday, United States Senators for Maryland announced a $1.2 million Department of Transportation grant for the regional airport, in Wicomico County.
U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both of Maryland, say on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is giving a $1,218,606 grant for the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport, in Salisbury. According to officials, the funds will be used to restore and enhance runways to include the construction of a new lighting system designed to assist aircrafts during low-visibility conditions.
"These funds are a federal investment in Wicomico County, and all the businesses and residents who depend on our regional airports for trade and transportation. 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," says Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.
The grant will apparently be awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program which funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings, all helping to create thousands of local jobs.
Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees, says,"Regional and general aviation airports serve as an important resource to communities in our state and are vital to maintaining a strong economy. I'm committed to making sure Maryland has the funding it needs to keep airports across our state both safe and accessible to our residents."