Washington - US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced the US Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration has awarded two South Jersey airports nearly $800,000 to upgrade their infrastructure.

The awards were awarded as follows:

$480,000 were awarded to the South Jersey Regional Airport in NJ through the NJ State Department of Transportation to address existing and future aviations needs through a revision of the airport's master plan to define where the airport needs improvement and propose potential development alternatives.

$299,250 were awarded to the Robert J. Miller Air Park Airport in Ocean County to construct a crosswind runway that will allow airplanes to land and take off from different locations contingent on wind conditions. The funding will also be used for restoration purposes.

"Modern and efficient airports are key to our economic competitiveness and travelers' safety. This investment will go towards the upgrade of two South Jersey airports to ensure they can continue accommodating comfortably and safely thousands of travelers each year. It will also help boost the areas' attractiveness as a tourist destination and help create desperately needed construction jobs immediately." said Senator Menendez.

"These criticalinvestments inSouth Jerseyairports will upgrade and expand servicefor the travelers who rely on them," said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. "Having up-to-date and reliable airports will help tomeet the traveling needs of residents,keep local businesses thriving, andmake our state a more attractive destination."