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Updated: February 21, 2020

More funds roll in for Portland jetport makeover

COURTESY / PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL JETPORT Portland International Jetport was awarded $1.48 million by the federal government for projects that include construction of a new 250-foot taxiway to transit aircraft from Runway 11.

Portland International Jetport was awarded another $1.48 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program, just a week receiving $4.5 million from the same source. 

The new round of funds will go toward constructing a 250-foot taxiway to efficiently carry aircraft from Runway 11, make repairs to Taxiway A, and complete rehabilitation of the service road, according to a news release.

Last week’s award was to construct a 1,225-foot taxiway to provide access from Runway 36 to Runway 29.  

The projects are among those prioritized in the jetport’s sustainable master plan for capital improvements. 

The investments are expected to allow the jetport to meet new safety design standards and improve efficiency.

“The Portland Jetport serves as a vital transportation link to more than 2 million passengers each year and promotes economic growth as well as job creation,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, said in the release.

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