TICONDEROGA — The access road to Ticonderoga Municipal Airport will be reconstructed with $369,000 from a federal grant.
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the money this week, according to a joint announcement from U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
The money will be used to replace existing access-road pavement that has deteriorated.
“This funding will ensure better access to Ticonderoga Municipal Airport,” Schumer said in a news release. “I applaud the DOT for helping Ticonderoga Municipal continue to serve residents and visitors alike.”
The Airport Improvement Program, through the Federal Aviation Administration, provides grants to public agencies, and, in some cases, to private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.
Ticonderoga has received several FAA grants in the past, including one that lengthened the runway so business jets could land. International Paper Co., which has a Ticonderoga mill, has used the airport in the past.
“Ticonderoga Airport is a benefit to the community,” Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said. “We appreciate Senators Schumer and Gillibrand helping us with this. The funding will be put to good use to improve our airport.”
Gillibrand said it’s an important investment for Ticonderoga Municipal Airport.
“When we invest in upgrading our infrastructure, we can connect more travelers and businesses, open up better access to the North Country and create new construction jobs in the process,” she said in the release.
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