Arnold Palmer Regional Airport awarded $724K in runway funding
Funding for runway strengthening and rehabilitation work at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is starting to fall into place, with the announcement this week of a $724,447 grant for the project.
The funds are allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program, which is meant to bring airports that are deemed significant to national air transportation up to current design standards. The FAA Wednesday awarded a total of $185.1 million in infrastructure grants to 107 airports in 40 states.
At its June meeting, the Westmoreland County Airport Authority, which operates the Unity airport, reviewed but did not act on an apparent low project bid of just more than $2.5 million, submitted by Derry Construction Company.
“It’s great that it came when it did,” Airport Authority Executive Director Gabe Monzo said of the runway funding. “We’re ready to move forward.”
Monzo said the runway is slated to be shut down Sept. 12-20 so the contractor can complete the upgrade.
Authority engineer Scott Kunselman of GAI Consultants said the project will involve milling, paving and repairing cracks along the length of the runway. The contractor will mill about an inch from the surface of the runway and will replace it with 3 inches of fresh pavement, Kunselman said.