160px-FranklobiondoU.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), a member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, today announced $2,065,361 in federal funding for the Cape May County airport from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Located in Wildwood, the funding will be used to rehabilitate Taxiway A with marking, lighting, pavement and drainage improvements to ensure safe airfield operations. Additionally, the airport will update its master layout plan to identify future development needs.

“As we know, investing in our nation’s transportation infrastructure is a proven way to create jobs and grow our economy. This federal funding heading to Cape May County will be critical to the long-term economic growth of the region,” said LoBiondo. “In continuing public-private partnership with local projects, this federal grant will go a long way to improve safety and security at the facilities for residents and visitors to Cape May County.”

“The Authority would like to thank Congressman LoBiondo for his efforts to secure this vital federal funding to update the Airport’s Layout Plan and rehabilitate Taxiway A,” remarked James T. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the Delaware River and Bay Authority. “General aviation facilities, like Cape May Airport, rely on federal funding for infrastructure and security improvements that are essential for continued aviation success as well as sustainable business development.”

Additional federal funding awarded by the FAA includes:

– $285,000 to the city of Ocean City to upgrade the existing lighting and associated electrical equipment on the runway at the Ocean City Municipal Airport; and,

– $265,000 to the city of Millville to update the master plan study to address existing and future aviation needs. With the current master plan over ten years old, this federal funding will update the Millville Municipal Airport’s layout plan.

The federal funding is awarded from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program. Eligible projects include those improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns. Any professional services that are necessary for eligible projects — such as planning, surveying, and design — are eligible as is runway, taxiway, and apron pavement maintenance. Aviation demand at the airport must justify the projects, which must also meet Federal environmental and procurement requirements.

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