6 hangars to be built at airport

This Times-News file photo shows the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport terminal in Wiley Ford, W.Va. 

WILEY FORD, W.Va. — The Greater Cumberland Regional Airport has been awarded $5 million in federal funding for its ongoing runway rehabilitation project.

The Department of Transportation grant was announced jointly by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both Maryland Democrats.

“I will continue to advocate for strong federal funding for airports throughout Maryland,” Cardin said in a news release. 

The project will bring the airport to Federal Aviation Administration design standards, with LED runway lights, a parallel taxiway and automated weather observation system.

“The Greater Cumberland Airport serves as an important resource to the community and is vital to maintaining a strong local economy,” Van Hollen said in the release. 

The total cost of the project is estimated to cost between $33 million and $36 million.

It has six construction phases and includes 90 percent federal funding and 5 percent funding each from Maryland and West Virginia. 

The grant will be awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings, creating thousands of jobs in the process.

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