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Airport gets $277,778 for extension

May 21, 2004|by TAMELA BAKER

BALTIMORE - Gov. Robert Ehrlich announced Thursday a Maryland Aviation Administration grant of $277,778 to Hagerstown Regional Airport for its runway improvement project.

The grant is the first installment of the state's promised 10-year, $10.6 million investment in the project.

When completed, the new construction will provide safety buffers required by the Federal Aviation Administration and will extend the airport's main runway to 7,000 feet.

"The State of Maryland recognizes the economic importance of Hagerstown Regional Airport for Washington County and the entire region," Ehrlich said in a statement. "This facility creates jobs, business opportunities and economic activity for the state. The aviation grant provided today is just the first step in comprehensive state funding that will ensure this airport has a safe, secure and bright future."

Ehrlich joined airport officials last month for a groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

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