Massena airport to get $480,700 for drainage improvements at Richards Field
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:33 pm

MASSENA -- Massena International Airport-Richards Field will get $480,700 for drainage improvements that will adequately handle stormwater, according to a joint statement from senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.

This funding is awarded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and is administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Airport Improvement Program 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, according to the senators.

“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to attracting business and tourism to St. Lawrence County,” Schumer said in a prepared statement. “With this funding, the Massena International-Richards Field Airport will be able to make the critical storm infrastructure upgrades needed to increase safety for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of St. Lawrence County every day.”

“Investing in infrastructure makes our airports safer and more efficient for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” Gillibrand said in a prepared statement. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a necessary and important investment that will allow the Massena International-Richards Field Airport to upgrade its facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance public safety and improve service at airports across New York.”