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Sussex County Airport Receives Funds for Final Phase of Runway Extension

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GEORGETOWN, Del.– The Sussex County Airport is receiving more than $4 million for the final phase of  its runway expansion project.

U.S. Senators Tom Carper, Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney (all D-Del.) made the announcement Friday morning. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration is allotting $4,297,047 for the runway project. The project, which started in 2012, is meant to improve the runway approach and extend the runway an additional 500 feet to accomodate larger aircraft.

The last phase of the project specifically involves the 500-foot runway extension, the relocation of airport thresholds to meet design standards, the installation of an approach lighting system, and the establishment of new non-precision instrument approach procedures.

Here is what the three Delaware lawmakers had to say about the project:

"I've long supported this project because of the economic impact it will have on Sussex County and all of Delaware," said Carper. "This funding will allow larger aircraft to utilize the airport and attract new business opportunities in Sussex County. This project will also allow existing businesses such as PATS Aircraft System to grow. Through projects like this, we can help foster economic growth and airport accessibility for Sussex County and all of Delaware."  

"Infrastructure plays an important role in helping businesses grow and create jobs," Senator Coons said. "Extending the main runway at Sussex County Airport is a smart investment in the region's growth, helping businesses to grow, entrepreneurs to develop new businesses, and jobs to be created. I'm excited to see the extended runway completed and for Delawareans to be able to take full advantage."

"Sussex County has tremendous opportunities for economic growth.  It's critical that Delaware has the infrastructure in place to meet that need," said Congressman Carney. "This grant to help extend the runway at Sussex County Airport will help existing businesses, like PATS Aircraft, succeed and grow, and incentivize new companies to set up shop in Delaware.  I'm excited for the project and look forward to the construction phase."    

The overall $25 million project earned nearly $9 million in federal funding. The county and state have contributed varying amounts.  

"Sussex County is extremely excited to receive this grant, which will allow our runway extension project to continue moving forward and get us closer to realizing the second 500-foot construction phase," Sussex County Council President Michael H. Vincent said. "All in all, this is fantastic news for our economy, for our residents, and for all of Sussex County."

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