U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $4,143,110 in federal funding is being awarded to the Massena International-Richards Field Airport to acquire safety equipment runway upgrades and $508,520 for Malone-Dufort Airport for runway upgrades. The Senators also announced $3,103,654 in federal funding for Ogdensburg International Airport and $1,956,862 for Watertown International Airport for runway upgrades. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.
“This massive federal investment will be a major boost for safety and quality of infrastructure at the Massena, Malone, Ogdensburg and Watertown airports,” said Senator Schumer. “I am pleased that the FAA has made this important investment for runway upgrades and safety equipment at these North Country airports.”
“This is an important investment for these North Country airports,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Improving these airports’ infrastructure can help provide better, safer service for travelers and businesses, keep more flights on time, and help strengthen the North Country’s economy.”
The federal funding for the Massena International-Richards Field Airport will specifically be used to acquire safety equipment and fencing and rehabilitate Runway 9-27 and Runway 5-23 and improve the runway safety area by repaving and putting in shoulders. The federal funding for the Malone-Dufort Airport will specifically be used rehabilitate runway 14-32. The federal funding for the Ogdensburg International Airport will rehabilitate Runway 9-27 and the funding for the Watertown International Airport will be used to rehabilitate Taxiway “B.”