The City of Morgantown has received a grant award in the amount of $800,738.19. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided $758,594.00 of the award and the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission provided $42,144.19.
This grant reimburses the City for incurred costs in the preparation of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed 1,001-foot extension to the runway at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. Over the last year, the FAA has reviewed the City of Morgantown’s Environmental Assessment. The EA, which is still being completed, is a necessary step taken by the City to fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
“The runway extension project is an expensive endeavor and we are pleased to receive funds from the Airport Improvement Program,” said Morgantown City Manager Paul Brake. “The City has been working on the runway extension project for many years and we reiterate the need to retain commercial aviation, expand corporate aviation capabilities for local business growth and improve safety for fliers”.
The grant award from the Federal Government will be transferred within the next business week. Award funding from the State of West Virginia will be transferred a week after.
Funding for the environmental process phase of the runway extension project includes assistance from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, which provides AIP grants to airports for projects that enhance airport safety, capacity and security or alleviate environmental concerns.