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Department Of Transportation Grant Will Fund Critical Lighting System Upgrades

Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,534,000 in federal funding for the Ogdensburg International Airport in St. Lawrence County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to install a new approach lighting system for the airport’s runway.

“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to safe travel for area residents and in attracting business and tourism to Ogdensburg and throughout the North Country,” said Senator Schumer. “These federal funds will allow Ogdensburg International Airport to make much-needed improvements to its runway, including the acquisition of a new approach lighting system, boosting the safety and operations for those that fly in and out of the airport.”

“This federal funding is great news for the Ogdensburg International Airport, which will be able to install a new lighting system for its runway. This will enhance the visibility for pilots flying in and out of the airport, helping to make sure that travelers are safe when they visit St. Lawrence County,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Maintaining airport infrastructure helps promote local economic development, and I will continue fighting for the resources our airports need to be safe, modern, and efficient.”

"Thank you to all our federal and state officials who have supported investments in air infrastructure to make this possible, especially Senators Schumer, Gillibrand and Congresswoman Stefanik,” said Wade A. Davis, Executive Director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. “The installation of the approaching lighting system at the Ogdensburg International Airport will provide another important visual tool for pilots landing at the Airport, particularly during poor weather conditions. This added safety feature will minimize delays and disruptions further reducing flight diversions and cancellations during inclement weather events."

This funding is awarded through the AIP and is administered by the FAA. The AIP provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources.