MERCER COUNTY, NJ – Trenton-Mercer Airport will receive $ 3,482,989 in new federal funding, Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) announced Friday.
The funding comes from the bipartite Law on Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs and will be used to modernize runways and taxiways, improve safety and sustainability, or invest in terminals, airport links and projects. road.
“Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, this grant of nearly $ 3.5 million will create new, well-paying jobs for New Jersey residents while carrying out much-needed renovations at the Trenton-Mercer airport,” Watson Coleman said in a statement. “By modernizing the airport infrastructure and prioritizing security, we will ensure that all travelers entering and exiting Trenton have a better terminal-to-tarmac experience.”
The airport will receive a similar portion of bipartite infrastructure law funding each year for the next five years, as part of an airport development program.
The amount could vary from year to year, as funding reflects annual boarding totals, officials said. In addition to the funds, Trenton-Mercer may compete with other airports across the country for an additional $ 5 billion nationwide grants for terminal and city-side upgrades.
“I thank Congressman Watson Coleman and the Biden administration for recognizing the importance of air travel in the Trenton area and the associated challenges inherent in meeting the unique operational and improvement needs of the Trenton-Mercer Airport, “said Brian M. Hughes, Mercer County Manager, in a statement. declaration.
“The cost of maintaining an adequate airport is an investment that pays off for the region and the state, and this revolving grant will help us meet the goal of building a long-term, 21st century solution to Trenton-Mercer Airport. ”
President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act on November 15, which provided $ 15 billion in funding to help redevelop airports across the country. Projects eligible for funding include improving runways and taxiways, building terminals and preventing noise.
It also includes an additional $ 5 billion nationwide in funding for FAA towers and facilities, which the FAA will distribute among airports in need.