Rep. DeLuca announces $2.4 million grant for Pittsburgh International Airport

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – Gov. Tom Wolf announced that four state airports will share grants totaling nearly $6 million for upgrades, promoting services and educational opportunities.

State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is proud to report that Pittsburgh International Airport will receive the largest grant, $2.4 million.

The grants are being issued through PennDOT's Multimodal Fund, which was created in 2013 as part of the state's transportation funding program under Act 89.

The funds will be used for runway improvements, including repairing or upgrading joints and cracks in the runways, taxiways and apron areas.

"These upgrades are critical for the future of the airport," DeLuca said. "We need to ensure the infrastructure is solid so the airport can maintain its record as one of the safest airports in the country.

"Our local airport survived the loss of jobs when US Airways merged with American Airlines and eliminated the local hub. The airport is growing again, with a number of new carriers and routes recently being announced. Improving the runways and other parts of the tarmac are important for the long-term success of the airport."

PennDOT's Multimodal Fund was created to provide Transportation Department funds for modes of transportation beyond the automobile, including trains, planes, waterways and also bicycle and pedestrian right-of-ways.

The grant provides additional funding for a $1.38 million FAA Airport Improvement Grant from fiscal year 2016.