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Harrisburg International Airport gets $1.4 million state grant for repaving, rebuilding road

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 9/18/19

Harrisburg International Airport is getting a $1.4 million state grant toward finishing the repaving and rebuilding of Airport Drive.

The road project should be finished by the end of September, …

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Harrisburg International Airport gets $1.4 million state grant for repaving, rebuilding road

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Harrisburg International Airport is getting a $1.4 million state grant toward finishing the repaving and rebuilding of Airport Drive.

The road project should be finished by the end of September, HIA Executive Director Tim Edwards told the Press & Journal.

The airport still has improvements it wants to make to the end sections of Airport Drive, including where the road meets Ann Street in Middletown. However these will have to wait until later, Edwards said.

The work wrapping up now involves repaving, and in some sections rebuilding, the main part of Airport Drive that runs through the center of the airport, Edwards said.

Besides Airport Drive, HIA has a number of other major capital improvements that are in the works.

While much has been done in the way of design and engineering, further progress on these projects is being held up until the airport can secure more grant funding.

One such project is a long-planned expansion of the airport’s freight cargo area. The project is in the final design phase and permits are being applied for, Edwards said. The cargo expansion will cost about $30 million.

To make room for the cargo expansion, HIA is proceeding with plans to demolish two buildings.

One is Building 26, the former Officer’s Command Headquarters located along 230 across from the Middletown Home. The building is full of asbestos.

The second building HIA wants to tear down is a smaller building across Airport Drive from the old headquarters. The building was last used in 2009 as a weekend barracks for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

The airport has done about all it can do to prepare for taking the buildings down.

However, demolition cannot take place until the airport can get more grant funding, spokesman Scott Miller told the Press & Journal earlier.