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Airport gets $6 million for runway upgrades

April 14, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Regional Airport received a $6 million grant Wednesday, part of $47 million the airport was promised for runway improvements.

Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said the money was expected.

The grant was awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The money will be used to improve runway safety areas at the airport, Motz said.

She said a new regulation required that the runway safety areas be extended from 500 feet to 1,000 feet in both directions.

"(Officials have) realized you need 1,000 feet after the threshold of the runway," Motz said.

The airport so far has received $22 million for improvements, she said. Two $8 million grants previously were awarded.

The airport has received about $4.5 million from Maryland for improvements.

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