The Somerset County Airport has been awarded a $75,000 state grant to upgrade its facility, according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32), who said the project will help to handle more air traffic, enhance public safety and improve economic development.
Stefano, who serves on the Senate’s Aviation Caucus, said the grant was distributed through the state’s Aviation Development program, which is funded by the state’s jet fuel tax.
He said the money will be used to design a new above-ground fuel facility to replace an older underground system.
“Investing in this important local airport will ensure that it can improvements that will allow it to meet additional air traffic needs,” Stefano said. “The airport is an important part of our transportation system, bringing goods and services to folks in this area.”
Stefano noted that the airport has seen increased air traffic affiliated with Somerset Hospital and coal companies in the region. He said that growth is good for the area’ tourism industry and business development.