Three Philadelphia area airports received federal grant money as part of the sixth allotment of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), announced at the end of September. They were part of $157 million in airport infrastructure grants awarded to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. In total, the AIP will award $3.18 billion for infrastructure projects at airports.
For Philadelphia, the announcement means $102,717 to Northeast Philadelphia in Philadelphia for Phase III of the reconstruction of Runway 6-24; $13.41 million to Philadelphia International in Philadelphia for Phase I of the reconstruction of Taxiway K; and $99,000 to Delaware Valley Regional to conduct a Metropolitan System Plan Study.
At Northeast Philadelphia Airport, runway reconstruction includes full depth asphalt removal and replacement with an aggregate base course and asphalt surface course, installation of new and maintenance of existing underdrain structures, installation of new airfield lighting fixtures, pavement grooving, and pavement markings. There will also be improvements and a new geometry for the taxiway (L) that connects to the runway.
At Philly International, the taxiway reconstruction includes full depth asphalt removal and replacement with an aggregate base course and Portland cement concrete (PCC) surface course, new geometry to meet current FAA criteria, installation of new and maintenance of existing underdrain structures, electrical work and more. A new taxiway connector will also be added.
Three other grants were awarded to airports in Pennsylvania: $7.89 million to Arnold Palmer Regional in Latrobe to widen Runway 6-24; $2.6 million to Pittsburgh International for the purchase of snow removal equipment; and $3.88 million to Allegheny County in West Mifflin for the reconstruction of an aircraft-parking apron.
The full list of AIP grants awarded can be found here. The projects being funded include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals.