LAKE PLACID - Over the past week, the town of North Elba has been awarded a combined $2 million in funding for upgrades to the Lake Placid Airport.
On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the town was given a $783,750 grant to provide more space for airplane parking. North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said the money will be used for tie-downs and to expand the airport's paved "apron" (plane parking area) around a new-five bay T-hangar. The work would take place late this year or next spring, he said.
Meanwhile, Schumer and Gillibrand announced last week that the town has been awarded $1,249,250 to rehabilitate the airport's primary runway. The contract for that work has already been awarded, and milling of the runway's old pavement is scheduled to start as soon as next Wednesday, Politi said.
"These facilities require and awful lot of maintenance and upkeep," Politi said. "For the town to try and do it on its own would be too costly. The state of New York and the federal government have been very supportive of small aircraft aviation and general aviation facilities. We've been very lucky over the years to get the projects we've gotten."
Schumer and Gillibrand also announced $118,080 in federal funding for the Malone-Dufort Airport to help rehabilitate its runway.
Funding for all these projects was provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and other similar revenue sources.