Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $1.5M Federal Investment in NJ Airports

Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $1.5M Federal Investment in NJ Airports

NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $1,456,184 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants for improvements at Ocean County, Essex County and Somerset Airports.

“We must keep modernizing our aging infrastructure to keep New Jersey economically competitive and New Jerseyans safe,” said Sen. Menendez. “These investments help keep our airports up-to-date, and allow us to add jobs in New Jersey.”

"Our state's economy will grow if we make smart investments in infrastructure, like making sure that our regional airports can operate safely and with the latest technology,” said Sen. Booker. "I am pleased that this funding will help do just that, creating jobs and keeping New Jerseyans safe."

The grants include:

• $886,000 to the Essex County Airport for the second phase of the rehabilitation of its current taxiway lighting system which has reached the end of its useful life. These efforts enhance the safety of airfield operations during times of low visibility

• $540,440 to Ocean County to fund the design phase for the rehabilitation of 5,949 feet of pavement on Runway 06/24 at Ocean County Airport in Toms River, work needed to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement. Also funded is a full rehabilitation of the lighting system of runway 06/24, which has reached the end of its lifespan and necessitates aid to enhance the safety of the airfield in low visibility conditions.

• $29,744 to the George Walker Field Corporation to fund the second phase of an environmental assessment that will evaluate the impact of a proposed obstruction removal project at Somerset Airport in Somerville