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August 9, 2018

County commissioners approve lighting upgrade for Bar Harbor airport

The Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton will receive a $1.7 million lighting upgrade.

The Bangor Daily News reported the Hancock County Commission approved the project earlier this week. The new lighting system will illuminate airport runways, taxiways and apron, replacing a system that was last upgraded in the late 1990s. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to fund $1.54 million, with the Maine Department of Transportation and the county airport each contributing an additional $85,000.

The FAA funding for Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, for lighting and safety improvements, was the third-highest award in the state, according to an FAA news release issued in July that reported 19 Maine airports will receive $14 million in FAA funding. The Maine recipients were some of 390 airports nationwide awarded grants in the recent tranche of funding, which totaled $660 million.

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