Raleigh airport to get $800,000 in federal funds

Fred Pace
Register-Herald Reporter

Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Robert C. Byrd and Rep. Nick Rahall, all D-W.Va., announced Thursday that Raleigh County Memorial Airport will receive $800,000 in federal funding through the Federal Aviation Administration.

The increased funding will allow the airport to move forward with improvements and rehabilitation to areas around the airport runway and taxiway, according to manager Tom Cochran.

“This project will be done at our general aviation and corporate aviation areas,” he said. “Those areas have deteriorated over the years and no resurfacing has been done since the early 1970s when it was put in.”

Cochran said the project will bring all the airport’s pavements up to standard.

“We appreciate the assistance of our state’s political delegation in Washington for helping us obtain this funding,” Cochran said.

The paving project will begin in April during spring paving season, Cochran added, and will be completed within 90 days.

“This is great news for the Raleigh County and the surrounding areas. This airport is a very important transportation hub that keeps people connected with our state and the rest of the nation,” Rockefeller said.

Byrd said air travel is an essential component of the transportation network in West Virginia.

“The Raleigh County Memorial Airport is a vital part of that network,” he said. “These funds will help ensure the safety of those who use the airport and expand opportunities there for the long term.”

Rahall said the funds will enhance the functionality of the airport.

“These funds will help to make important runway safety improvements that will greatly benefit the visitors, businesses and residents of southern West Virginia,” he said. “Safe and reliable air transportation is incredibly important to southern West Virginians and maintaining safety on the ground is essential to maintaining safety in the skies.”