International Airport Receives Runway Improvement Grant
By Shane Nolan
April 25, 2012 - U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood announced a $7.1 million grant for the next phase
of the Runway 14-32 rehabilitation project at Pittsburgh
"This project will help keep the airport moving safely
and efficiently for the more than four million
passengers that fly through Pittsburgh each year," U.S.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "Investing in
our nation's airports also creates jobs and promotes
economic growth in communities like Pittsburgh."
The grant will help pay for rehabilitation of Runway
14-32, an 8,101-foot crosswind runway at the airport.
When strong winds are blowing across the other major
runways at the airport, Runway 14-32 allows aircraft to
safely take off and land into the wind.
The grant will help pay for rehabilitation of Runway 14-32, an 8,101-foot crosswind runway at the airport. When strong winds are blowing across the other major runways at the airport, Runway 14-32 allows aircraft to safely take off and land into the wind.
airport infrastructure at airports like Pittsburgh International
maintains a safe air transportation system," Acting FAA
Administrator Michael Huerta said.
to the Alleghany County Airport Authority, the runway
rehabilitation project is expected to create approximately 200
direct and indirect jobs over the seven-year life of the
project. The full runway rehabilitation project began in 2008
and is scheduled to be complete by 2014. The project is being
done in phases to coincide with the construction season and
project cost is estimated to be $42.2 million with funding from
the Airport Improvement Program, Passenger Facility Charges,
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Pennsylvania Aviation
Development Funds, and the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
International Airport formerly Greater Pittsburgh Airport,
Greater Pittsburgh International Airport and commonly referred
to as Pittsburgh International, is a joint civil?military
international airport located in the Pittsburgh suburb of
Findlay Township, approximately 20 miles west of downtown
PIT is the second busiest passenger airport in Pennsylvania and 47th-busiest in the United States, serving 8,710,291 passengers in 2008 on 167,729 aircraft operations. The airport has the longest runways of a commercial airport in Pennsylvania at 11,500 feet. Until 2004, US Airways operated its largest hub at PIT.
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