Menendez And Lautenberg Announce Federal Investments Of $7.23 Million To Maintain NJ Airports And Create Jobs

Menendez And Lautenberg Announce Federal Investments Of $7.23 Million To Maintain NJ Airports And Create Jobs

Newark Liberty, Teterboro, Ocean City and Lakewood airports to benefit from investments

Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced a total of $7.23 million for four projects at New Jersey airports that will help ensure air travel is safe and efficient and help create jobs.

"By making these airport improvements, we're not only helping to ensure that flights are safe and on time, but we're creating jobs required to do the work involved.," said Menendez. "This is the type of investment that delivers benefits to New Jersey families on a number of fronts, which is particularly important in these tough times."

"We need to make New Jersey's airports as safe, modern and reliable as possible so travelers get to their destinations safely-and on time," stated Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security. "These funds will help improve, secure and modernize airport runways across the state so that out airports can meet future travel and public safety demands."

The investments include:

• Newark Liberty International Airport -- $4,219,283 to rehabilitate Runway 11/29
• Teterboro Airport -- $ 2,920,193 to improve runway safety area
• Ocean City Municipal Airport -- $66,856 to rehabilitate Runway 6/24
• Lakewood Airport -- $25,888 for perimeter fencing

Earlier this week, the Senate approved a measure that will reauthorize programs within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA reauthorization bill included provisions authored by Sen. Lautenberg that would require the FAA to issue a plan to reduce runway incursions with a requirement for the plan to be integrated into the FAA's modernization plan. It would also require the FAA to develop a plan to reduce runway incursions through various airport runway improvements and requires the FAA to develop a tracking system of operational errors and runway incursions.

Also as part of the FAA reauthorization bill, Menendez included a provision that will require a study of air noise as a result of the airspace redesign in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia regions. The FAA's air noise estimates have been based on computer models and not actual data to this point.