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Manchester-Boston airport to use $6.8m grant to reconstruct taxiways

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 11. 2018 8:30PM
A passenger jet taxis onto runway 35 before taking off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester on Monday. The airport is getting $6.8 million in grant money to improve the runway. (DAVID LANE/UNION Leader)

Work will start this summer to realign and reconstruct two taxiways at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Most of the cost will be paid with a $6.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“There will be no impact to normal operations this year,” Interim Airport Director Tom Malafronte said Monday.

“Next year, it will be necessary to close (the airport’s north-south) Runway 17-35 for a short time to allow the contractor to tie in the new taxiways,” he said.

“This work will be closely coordinated with the airlines, cargo carriers and other airport users to minimize any potential delays and ensure safety,” Malafronte said.

The project will require a two-year construction period, he said.

Most of the state’s congressional delegation announced the $6.8 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, which is part of the transportation department.

“The federal government plays an important role in financing infrastructure projects, and this is the kind of investment that we need to see a lot more of from Washington,” Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH, said in a statement.

The grant will cover 90 percent of the cost, Malafronte said. The airport and state also must provide 5 percent toward the project, according to Malafronte.

He said the project is designed to meet current FAA design standards and enhance airport safety and efficiency.

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