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Burke Lakefront Airport gets $20 million grant to improve runway safety
Sabrina Eaton, Plain Dealer Washington Reporter
on April 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM, updated April 18, 2013 at
Burke Lakefront Airport will get a Federal Aviation Administration grant of more than $20 million to improve the safety of its runways, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday.
The Cleveland airport will use the $20,015,244 grant to to shift the end of one runway 600 feet to the east. At the end of another runway, the grant will fund construction of a 400-foot bed of collapsible concrete to slow or stop planes that can't stop on their own, the FAA said.
The 450-acre airport on Lake Erie is the official reliever airport for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
"These funds will help ensure that the airport is as safe as possible so that it can continue to create local jobs and help countless Ohioans work and travel each year," U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Avon, said in a press release that announced the grant.
Last year, the FAA provided a $5.1 million grant for the airport to design the project. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said the work is being done to comply with new runway safety standards mandated by Congress. He said the work is scheduled for completion by 2014.
Burke Lakefront Airport
1501 North Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44114-3738
216 781 6411