Five Vermont airports to receive $1.2 million

WASHINGTON, June 8 - Five Vermont airports are in line for $1.2 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to conduct repairs and enhancements, the state's congressional delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch - announced today.

The funds will be shared among Burlington International Airport, Middlebury State Airport, Rutland/Southern Vermont Regional Airport, Caledonia County Airport (Lyndonville) and William H. Morse State Airport (Bennington).

In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said, "In a rural state like Vermont, regional airports help connect Vermont businesses and individuals to the world. Ensuring the reliability and safety of these regional hubs is incredibly important to Vermont's economy."

Specific funding details are provided below.

Burlington International Airport - $272,070

This project will rehabilitate the existing taxiway pavement. The taxiway connects the terminal to the runway.

Middlebury State Airport - $180,000

This project will extend the runway safety area, the surface surrounding the runway that reduces the risk of damage to airplanes in the event of an undershoot, overshoot or excursion from the runway.

Rutland/Southern Vermont Regional Airport - $400,000

This grant will fund the replacement of obstruction lights, which help visually identify obstructions or hazards to air navigation.

Caledonia County Airport/Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport - $200,000  

This grant will fund runway rehabilitation projects.

William H. Morse State Airport (Bennington) - $150,000

This grant will fund a runway rehabilitation project.