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Senators announce $5 million grant to expand Delaware Airpark

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U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons announced another $5.8 million dollar grant to update and expand the Delaware Airpark. The senators were joined by Delaware State University President Dr. Harry Williams, Delaware River and Bay Authority Airport Administrator Stephen Williams and alumni of DSU’s aviation program who are now working in the aviation industry.

This project will be Phase XII of an ongoing multi-year project to expand the airport by constructing a new runway, taxiway and apron system.  It will involve the paving of the new Runway 9-27 (4,200’ x 75’), approximately one-third of its parallel taxiway (60’ wide), three of four associated connector taxiways, and lighting and drainage.  It also will include offsite wetland mitigation and the AGIS as-built survey of the runway. One additional project phase remains and the new runway and taxiway system is expected to be operational in 2017.

“The general aviation industry contributes more than $150 billion annually to our economy and employs more than 1.2 million people throughout the country,” said Carper. “This grant award will help the Delaware Airpark expand and attract new clients to the area, and hopefully businesses in the surrounding area will also reap these benefits.”

“This is great news for the Delaware Airpark, DRBA, and the many pilots who use this airport on a daily basis,” said Sen. Coons. “The improvements that will be made on the runway, and other aspects of the airport will improve pilot safety for years to come. “

The Delaware Airpark is home to 45 based aircraft and Delaware State University’s flight training program.  The aviation facility serves both corporate and recreational flyers year-round. More than $20 million dollars has been invested in this project to improve and enhance Delaware Airpark’s infrastructure.

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