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Airport gets $4 million grant

June 15, 2000

The Hagerstown Regional Airport will receive $4 million in airport planning and improvement funding, Senators Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski announced Thursday.

The funds from the Federal Aviation Administration will be used for runway rehabilitation and improvements at the Hagerstown facility including taxiway rehabilitation and the removal of obstructions, according to a release.

"These funds will enable the airport to support additional growth and to help ensure the safety of all airline passengers," Sarbanes said in the release.

Mikulski said the funds will greatly improve travel in Maryland.

"The Hagerstown airport will benefit the citizens of Western Maryland by making the airport a better center of travel."

Producing more than $48 million annually, the airport ranks behind only BWI and Salisbury in overall economic impact in the state.

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The grant is the airport's second in two years. It received more than $690,000 in March 1999.

-Josh Poltilove

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