The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport received $1,656,717 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to extend its taxiway, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic, announced Friday.
“AVP is a key driver of business and tourism in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and when they can grow, so can our area’s economy,” said Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I fully support AVP’s efforts to expand its capacity to serve more passengers, especially as we continue to rebuild our economy.”
With this added discretionary funding secured, the airport’s first phase of construction on its Taxiway B Extension project can begin. This project, when finished, will add the last bit of length to provide a full-length parallel taxiway to the airport’s main runway.
This first phase of construction will be the site preparation for NAVAIDs being relocated by the extension and will develop a new access road for the air traffic control tower so that the existing access can be used as a haul route for the taxiway extension fills in the next phase of construction.
“We are excited to learn of a federal grant for $1,656,717 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to extend our taxiway,” said Carl R. Beardsley Jr., executive director, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.
“This support enables AVP to continue building for future airport expansions and we are very grateful for the wonderful support that Congressman Cartwright and all of our elected leaders have demonstrated toward our efforts to expand our taxiways for the travelers of Northeastern Pennsylvania.