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Rahall Announces Funding for Southern W.Va. Airports

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BECKLEY, WV (News Release) – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $1.3 million to enhance airfield infrastructure at three airports in southern West Virginia.

“If we fail to invest in maintaining our airport's physical infrastructure or in acquiring the latest technology, we fail to insure the safety of those who travel and staff our nation's aviation network.” said Rahall. “By making sound investments like Greenbrier's new apron, Logan's guidance system and lighting and clearing the approaches for Summersville Airport we not only insure safety, we keep our national aviation network stronger and more competitive."

Greenbrier Valley Airport has been awarded $1 million to fund the design to reconstruct existing apron pavement and the construction of a new taxi lane, as well as allow the Airport to acquire snow removal equipment so that the airport is serviceable during inclement weather.

Logan County Airport will receive $150,000 to acquire a new runway visual guidance system, which will make the airport more accessible to pilots by providing improved approaches to the runway ends.

Summersville Airport will receive nearly $130,000 for a project to remove trees and obstructions from one of its runway approaches and transitional surfaces.

“Investing in our region’s airports and air transportation infrastructure creates jobs and grows our economy. I intend to keep on working with our airport managers and fighting to bolster air infrastructure funding that fuels engines of economic development for our local economies and links our communities with other cities and towns across the country and around the world,” said Rahall.

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