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Lawrence and Mercer County airports to receive $1.2 million toward improvements

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Three local airports will share in an $18 million statewide investment in aviation improvements.

Governor Tom Corbett announced Wednesday that a state and federal investment will benefit 35 Pennsylvania airports and support more than 2,600 jobs.

The New Castle Municipal Airport, in Lawrence County, will receive $601,667 to rehabilitate the runway and taxiway lighting.

In Mercer County, the Greenville Municipal Airport will also rehabilitate runway lighting with it's allotted $451,250. Meanwhile, the Grove City Regional Airport plans to remove obstructions with the $150,417 it will receive.

"Pennsylvania’s public-use airports support more than 300,000 jobs," Corbett said. "When we expand a runway or make it safer to land at an airport, we ensure that they can meet business and community demands and continue supporting these jobs."

Portions of the funding come from PennDOT’s aviation development program and local matching funds. The Federal Aviation Administration is also providing $17.1 million in grants through the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees, and the sale of aviation fuel.

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