Stimulus aid lands at other airports
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 3:07 AM
By Doug Caruso
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Port Columbus has been shut out of a $1.1 billion federal stimulus program that has been criticized for sending funds to smaller, noncommercial airports.
The Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the Port Columbus, Rickenbacker and Bolton Field airports, applied to the Federal Aviation Administration for more than $20 million for six projects.
The largest sought $12 million to help pay for moving the south runway at Port Columbus to accommodate simultaneous takeoffs and landings, said Angie Tabor, a spokeswoman for the airport authority. The project, planned since 2006, would double the airport’s capacity and make room for a new terminal.
The FAA approved the south runway project on Friday but promised no money. The authority has submitted a proposal to the government for nonstimulus funds.
None of the authority’s stimulus proposals was accepted, Tabor said.
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