Galion airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on Tuesday announced the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded 13 grants to city and county governments in northeast Ohio, totaling more than $45 million.

The funds will be used to help make necessary repairs to airports and their critical infrastructure.

Two of the grants, totaling more than $3 million, will benefit airports in Bucyrus and Galion.

“Ohio airports are vital to supporting travel and commerce in the state,” Brown said. “These investments will help to ensure the safety of Northeast Ohio airports for passengers for years to come.”

The City of Bucyrus will receive $1.89 million to extend a runway and install replacement runway indicators at Port Bucyrus-Crawford County Airport.

It will also receive $32,000 grant to provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airport.

The City of Galion will receive $1.35 million to maintain the structural integrity of a runway at Galion Municipal Airport, according to Brown.

Other grants to northeast Ohio airports announced Tuesday were:

-- $530,000 to the Western Reserve Port Authority to perform crack repair and joint filling on taxiways and runways at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

-- $350,000 to Portage County Regional Airport Authority and Board of Commissioners to update an existing airport master plan study to reflect the future needs of the Portage County Airport.

-- $7,748,700 to Akron Canton Regional Airport Authority to acquire snow removal equipment, rehabilitate taxiways and aviation aprons, rehabilitate existing lighting systems, and perform sealing along sections of taxiway surface area at Akron-Canton Regional Airport.

-- $413,560 to the Geauga County Airport Authority & Geauga County Commissioners to acquire land for a runway approach at Geauga County Airport.

-- $32,594,306 to City of Cleveland to provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport

-- $148,000 to City of Cleveland to provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at Burke Lakefront Airport.

-- $148,000 to Cuyahoga County to provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at Cuyahoga County Airport.

-- $22,000 to Ashtabula County Airport Authority to provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at Northeast Ohio Regional Airport.

-- $32,000 to Williams County Regional Airport Authority to provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at Williams County Airport.

-- $59,000 to Wayne County Commissioners to provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at Wayne County Airport.

The FAA supports public-use airports included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) through the Airport Improvement Program.

The program supports projects that improve airport safety, capacity, security and environmental impact.

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