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Mercer County seeking $2.5M grant for airport taxiway improvements
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announces that Mercer County is seeking a New Jersey Department of Transportation grant of $2.5 million for the rehabilitation of taxiways H, B and F at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing.
The grant application is pending approval by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, which is expected to vote on the matter at its Jan. 9 meeting.
The grant being sought is for the third phase of the taxiway project, which will include paving and grading, as well as lighting and drainage upgrades. The total cost of this phase is $2,652,000, of which $2,500,400 would come from the State DOT grant.
“We have been aggressively seeking grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and the New Jersey DOT as we continue to make upgrades and improvements at Trenton-Mercer Airport that keep our facility competitive with other regional airports,” Hughes said.
“In some cases we have received large grants, such as those for the EMAS (Engineered Material Arresting System) projects. In other cases, large amounts of funding are not available and require that we request funding for projects in phases, such as the rehabilitation of taxiways H, B and F.”
In the past three years, Trenton-Mercer Airport has received approximately $35 million in grants from the FAA and State DOT, with Mercer County being responsible for as little as 10, 5 or event 2.5 percent of the entire project cost, Hughes said.
“Our grant funding is on par with that of major commercial airports, which is a testament to the support our facility has received from the FAA and from Commissioner James Simpson at the New Jersey DOT,” he said.