March 16, 2023
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representative Chellie Pingree announced that the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head will receive a total of $1,677,812 to make infrastructure improvements. This funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will support the construction of 800 feet of new taxi lane to expand access to the airport’s new hangar area.
“Maine’s airports are vital pieces of our state’s transportation network that promote job creation and economic development,” said Senators Collins and King and Representative Pingree. “This significant investment will allow Knox County Regional Airport to make much-needed improvements to their infrastructure, improving the safety and efficiency of operations.”
“Knox County is fortunate to have the support of Maine’s congressional delegation who has worked tirelessly to support one of Maine’s most unique airports,” said Jeremey Shaw, Airport and Security Manager for the Knox County Regional Airport (RKD). “This investment into our community will only strengthen the County’s ability to enhance our financial sustainability, and allow the County to further invest into green and emerging aviation technologies. The ability to construct fifteen additional hangars will alleviate the demand for hangar space at the Knox County Regional Airport while also completing the last major item on the Airport’s Master Plan.”
This funding was provided through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Infrastructure Grant Program.
Senator Collins, the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, was part of the core group of 10 Senators who negotiated the text of the bipartisan infrastructure law. Senators Collins and King both worked to negotiate and pass this historic legislation in the Senate, while Representative Pingree supported the House-passed version of the bill, which will deliver billions of dollars to Maine for investments in roads, bridges, broadband, and more. Maine airports will receive a total of $73,765,670 under the law over five years.
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