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Southern W.Va. airports get federal grants

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $1.3 million to help three Southern West Virginia airports improve their infrastructure.

The Greenbrier Valley Airport will get $1 million to improve and reconstruct existing landing strips and to build a new airport taxi lane. The grant will also allow the airport to purchase better snow removal equipment to keep it open during inclement weather.

The Logan County Airport will receive $150,000 to acquire a new runway visual guidance system to make the airport more accessible to pilots. The grant will also help the airport improve the approaches to the ends of their runways.

The Summersville Airport will receive nearly $130,000 to remove trees and obstructions to one of its runways.

“If we fail to invest in maintaining our airports’ physical infrastructure or in acquiring the latest technology, we fail to insure the safety of those who travel and staff our nation’s aviation network,” said Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in a news release Friday. “Investing in our region’s airports and air transportation infrastructure creates jobs and grows our economy.”

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