WASHINGTON (WV News) – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $ 4,601,114 in the U.S. bailout and annual appropriations for two West Virginia airports . This funding is distributed through the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and will support two improvement projects at Martinsburg and Beckley airports.
“West Virginia’s regional airports open our doors to tourism and help attract new businesses to drive economic growth. The US bailout continues to provide vital funding to help our airports grow, including these improvement projects at Raleigh County Memorial Airport and Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport. As a pilot myself, I know how important these improvements are to the safety and growth of our regional airports, and I will continue to champion the growth of our aerospace industry in Mountain State, ”said the Senator Manchin.
“The management of Raleigh County Memorial Airport and NRGRDA, our economic development partner, particularly appreciate this grant and the opportunity it offers in the further development of the ‘ongoing’ aerospace industry. The impact of this grant is a positive compliment to Southern WV, with diversification and job creation for generations to come, ”said Tom Cochran, airport manager at Raleigh County Memorial Airport at Beckley.
“We are grateful for the tireless work of Senator Manchin in supporting West Virginia airports and grateful for the additional funding from the FAA to bring this project to fruition. This funding will allow us to address long-standing problems with lane lighting at MRB. First opened in 1923, the East West Virginia Regional Airport has become the largest airfield in the state. It has nearly two million square feet of runway surface capable of supporting the weight of some of the largest aircraft in the world, over 100 existing structures and over 200 acres of top-notch, ready-to-shovel developable land in the only place in West Virginia. Airport Foreign Trade Zone, ”said Nicholas Diehl, executive director of Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg.
Individual prices listed below:
$ 2,934,447 – County Raleigh Memorial Roadway Construction Project
$ 1,666,667 – East WV / Shepherd Field Area, Taxiway Lighting Reconstruction Project