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Runway funds may be on way to NRVA

If it passes the U.S. Senate and gets presidential approval, nearly half a million dollars in federal funds may enable New River Valley Airport to move forward with rehabilitation of its runway.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher announced yesterday that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved three federal appropriations totaling $671,000 for New River Valley Airport. Among the projects is $475,000 for the airport runway project.
Boucher said he expects to Senate to approve the appropriations bill “in the near future” and for President Barack Obama to subsequently sign the bill into law.
Keith Holt, manager of the airport, said the entire runway rehabilitation project is expected to cost around $4 million. It originally was budgeted at $3.5 million, but increases in the cost of asphalt and materials have since caused the tally to escalate.
The project will consist of the removal of a layer of old runway surface and putting down a new surface.
According to Holt, Boucher was “instrumental in helping to secure” about $3.5 million of Federal Aviation Administration funds for the project a while back. If the additional appropriation is approved, the project can move forward, he added.
The runway currently has cracks through which grass is growing and is in need of repair, Boucher said. He noted that the airport is “vital to the region’s economy – shipping or receiving 179,000 pounds of cargo per year.”
He said Wednesday’s appropriation by the House will “help ensure aircraft are able to continue to use the airport, and that residents of the New River Valley continue to benefit from the increased flow of commerce through the region.”
He added, “The presence of a well-developed airport is essential to our economic development goals for the region, and I am pleased that the House of Representatives has agreed to provide this necessary federal funding.”
In addition to the $475,000 that would be appropriated for the airport, Boucher said the bill also includes $100,000 to be used by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to install new laptops in its patrol vehicles; and $96,000 to be used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a feasibility study for future improvements to Claytor Lake.
“I am pleased that the federal government has made another significant commitment to the development of the New River Valley. These projects will significantly improve infrastructure and public safety in the region. Additionally, these investments will enhance the region’s ability to attract jobs,” Boucher said.
The Army Corps of Engineers appropriation will advance the Claytor Lake Ecosystem Restoration project which is designed to restore habitat features, establish emergent, transitional and terrestrial vegetation, and enable construction of embayment or wetland features in the Lake area.
“Claytor Lake is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as boating and fishing, and the Ecosystem Restoration Project will regenerate the lake’s habitat features and natural vegetation to ensure that visitors will long be able to enjoy the Lake’s offerings – with attendant benefits to the region’s tourism economy,” Boucher concluded.

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Runway funds may be on way to NRVA

If it passes the U.S. Senate and gets presidential approval, nearly half a million dollars in federal funds may enable New River Valley Airport to move forward with rehabilitation of its runway.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher announced yesterday that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved three federal appropriations totaling $671,000 for New River Valley Airport. Among the projects is $475,000 for the airport runway project.
Boucher said he expects to Senate to approve the appropriations bill “in the near future” and for President Barack Obama to subsequently sign the bill into law.
Keith Holt, manager of the airport, said the entire runway rehabilitation project is expected to cost around $4 million. It originally was budgeted at $3.5 million, but increases in the cost of asphalt and materials have since caused the tally to escalate.
The project will consist of the removal of a layer of old runway surface and putting down a new surface.
According to Holt, Boucher was “instrumental in helping to secure” about $3.5 million of Federal Aviation Administration funds for the project a while back. If the additional appropriation is approved, the project can move forward, he added.
The runway currently has cracks through which grass is growing and is in need of repair, Boucher said. He noted that the airport is “vital to the region’s economy – shipping or receiving 179,000 pounds of cargo per year.”
He said Wednesday’s appropriation by the House will “help ensure aircraft are able to continue to use the airport, and that residents of the New River Valley continue to benefit from the increased flow of commerce through the region.”
He added, “The presence of a well-developed airport is essential to our economic development goals for the region, and I am pleased that the House of Representatives has agreed to provide this necessary federal funding.”
In addition to the $475,000 that would be appropriated for the airport, Boucher said the bill also includes $100,000 to be used by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to install new laptops in its patrol vehicles; and $96,000 to be used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a feasibility study for future improvements to Claytor Lake.
“I am pleased that the federal government has made another significant commitment to the development of the New River Valley. These projects will significantly improve infrastructure and public safety in the region. Additionally, these investments will enhance the region’s ability to attract jobs,” Boucher said.
The Army Corps of Engineers appropriation will advance the Claytor Lake Ecosystem Restoration project which is designed to restore habitat features, establish emergent, transitional and terrestrial vegetation, and enable construction of embayment or wetland features in the Lake area.
“Claytor Lake is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as boating and fishing, and the Ecosystem Restoration Project will regenerate the lake’s habitat features and natural vegetation to ensure that visitors will long be able to enjoy the Lake’s offerings – with attendant benefits to the region’s tourism economy,” Boucher concluded.

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