Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $1.8 Million For Five New Jersey Airports

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $1.8 Million For Five New Jersey Airports

Grants Will Help Improve Airport Infrastructure and Safety for Pilots and Fliers Across Garden State

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $1,890,000 in grants to five New Jersey airports. Airports in the towns of Lakewood, Linden, Morristown, Ocean City and Toms River will receive these DOT funds for infrastructure improvements and safety upgrades that will help protect general aviation pilots and fliers.

"Our aviation network is a vital part of our state's economy. We need to make New Jersey's airports as safe, modern and reliable as we can," said Sen. Lautenberg. "These funds will help improve our local airports to ensure they are environmentally sound and protect passenger and pilot safety."
"Ensuring passenger safety is a top priority for me and these funds are an important step to continue to improve the aviation system in New Jersey," said Sen. Menendez. "I welcome these infrastructure improvements and safety upgrades for these five New Jersey airports - this it is a win-win for travelers and for the economic development of the region."
The five airports will receive a total of $1,891,078:

• Linden Airport will receive $696,990 to repair its taxiways and improve the aircraft parking apron.

• Ocean City Municipal Airport will receive $445,947 to improve its airport drainage system.

• Morristown Municipal Airport will receive $300,000 to remove runway obstructions that create safety hazards for planes. These federal funds are in addition to a $90,000 grant the Federal Aviation Administration awarded to Morristown Airport earlier this year to conduct a runway study.

• The Robert J. Miller Air Park in Toms River will receive $354,750 in two separate grants to remove runway obstructions, expand the airport apron and update the airport development plan.

• Lakewood Airport will receive $103, 391 to install perimeter fencing and to monitor wetlands preservation, so development does not affect the environment or area wildlife.

Earlier this year, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez announced more than $2 million in federal funds to support the construction of the Aviation Research and Technology Park in Pomona, NJ.

In addition, Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez had been working to reduce the impact of air noise on New Jersey communities. Sen. Lautenberg has introduced a bill to alleviate the impact of aircraft noise on residential communities. The bill would require privately-owned jets to produce less noise by holding them to the higher standards used for commercial planes. Many noisier and less fuel-efficient aircraft would therefore either be upgraded or discontinued. Lautenberg added his legislation as an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill, which has been stalled by Republicans in the Senate.

Earlier this year, Sens. Menendez and Lautenberg placed a hold on the nomination of Federal Aviation Administration acting-chief Robert Sturgell to be the agency's Administrator. The action prevents the nomination from coming to the Senate floor for a vote. Menendez and Lautenberg used this Senate procedure to spark the FAA to get moving on a number of serious issues affecting New Jerseyans, such as increased noise for New Jersey residents and near misses on the runways and in the air.

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