$5M coming for Cumberland airport

WASHINGTON — A chunk of federal change is winging its way to the Greater Cumberland (Md.) Airport.

U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md., announced that $5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation will go to repairing and maintaining the structural integrity of the airport’s runways and helping the airport meet other operational needs.

“This federal investment in Allegany County will benefit the many businesses and residents who depend on our regional airports,” Cardin said in a news release.

“The Greater Cumberland Airport serves as an important resource to the community and is vital to maintaining a strong local economy,” Van Hollen said.

The grants are awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects across the country, including repairs and upgrades to runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings.