U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), a member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, announced $2,026,963 in federal funding for the Millville Municipal airport from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funding will be used to rehabilitate the taxiway, constructing phase III to ensure safe airfield operations. This follows yesterday announcement by LoBiondo that $265,000 in federal funding from the FAA was awarded to the airport for updating its master layout plan to identify future development needs.
“This is outstanding news for Millville and its long-term development plans centered around the airport,” said LoBiondo. “As the community knows, the Millville airport continues to attract attention from the top names in aviation, including Boeing, thus providing an economic boost to the region and creating new jobs. This federal funding will go a long way improving our local transportation infrastructure and continue the momentum created earlier this year.”
“Getting the news today that the City of Millville will be receiving the funding from the US Department of Transportation for the rehab of the taxiway, and for construction of Phase III is wonderful news for the economic recovery effort of the city. Congressman LoBiondo has always worked hard for South Jersey to receive funding on the federal level, and the Millville Airport under the direction of the DRBA will be a hub of activity for years to come,” said Millville Mayor Tim Shannon.
Earlier this year, the Millville Municipal Airport became home to Boeing Corporations’ post-production modification work on the Chinook helicopter as part of their contract with the U.S. Army. LoBiondo worked closely with Boeing, the Secretary of the Army and the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) who owns the airport to secure the contract work locally for the next four years, with options to extend. The contract and partnership with the airport is expected to create 100 new jobs.
The funding announcement is from the Department of Transportation’s Discretionary Grant Awards account.