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Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport receives $2.3M for lighting

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is getting another multimillion-dollar federal grant.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced Wednesday afternoon that the airport will receive $2.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

Airport Manager Glen Kelly said that money will be used to upgrade to LED lighting, which will last longer and use less energy, on the primary runway.

“Our intent is to try to do this as close to simultaneously as we can with the runway rehabilitation project,” he said.

That project, expected to get under way in late May or early June, is being funded with $8 million in federal infrastructure money which, unlike some other funding sources, requires no local matching funds. It was announced in May.

The lighting money requires a 5 percent match, which works out to $115,000. Kelly said he expects half of that to be covered by the state of West Virginia, while the airport supplies the rest.

Kelly said improving electrical and lighting systems is a top priority in the airport’s in-progress master plan.

“We are very happy that these infrastructure grants have come to us,” he said. When both projects are completed, “that runway should be good to go for 20 years.”

In a release announcing the award for the local airport, and $2.3 million for the Greenbrier Valley Airport, Manchin said West Virginia’s airports help drive the state’s economy and boost its tourism industry.

“Ensuring they receive the resources they need is crucial, and this funding will help airports in West Virginia make the needed improvements and repairs so they can continue to operate,” he said.

“I’ve talked with DOT directly about the importance of focusing funding on smaller, more rural airports because of the impact they have in communities across the nation,” Capito said. “The projects this funding supports keep our airports safe and more efficient.”

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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