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Feds Provide $5M for Runway Work at Salisbury Airport

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP/WBOC) - Good news for air travelers on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

The U.S. Transportation Department has awarded a $5.5 million grant to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport to rehabilitate one of the airport's two runways.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., announced the grant Wednesday morning in Salisbury.

"So many businesses here are dependent upon the airport. They use the airport not just to bring people here, but it's used for commercial activities and bringing in goods. This runway will allow for a greater capacity which means we can bring in heavier loads whether it's passengers or cargo. That helps attract business," Senator Cardin said.

The runway improvements will allow the airport to support heavier planes with more passengers and cargo.

The runway has not been renovated in 30 years. Maryland State Senator Mathias said the improvements to the runway will make a great difference.

"This airport is all about economic development and economic growth for the future of the greater Salisbury area. Salisbury, Ocean City, Wicomico County and alike. We're very pleased to be able to stabilize and make more safe this runway," said Senator Mathias.

 

Officials expect work to begin next month and take about 10 months to complete.

For more information about the airport, click here.

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