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W.Va. airport to get stimulus money for taxiway

March 25, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Four West Virginia airports will share $3.3 million in federal stimulus funding for improvements, including $1.1 million for Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport outside Martinsburg, W.Va.

U.S. Sens. Robert C. Byrd and John Rockefeller and U.S. Reps. Nick Rahall and Alan Mollohan said Wednesday that the funding comes through the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Improvement Program.

Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport's allocation will be used to to build a taxiway, according to a news release.

Last week, Byrd announced that the 167th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard based at the airport would receive $4.3 million for a C-5 avionics shop.

The 12,500-square-foot facility will used for the repair and testing of C-5 navigation equipment, according to Byrd's office in Washington. Completion of this project will reintegrate critical maintenance facilities, which were separated during initial construction of the C-5 hangar complex, according to the previous announcement.

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The money earmarked is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) of 2009.

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