Airport to benefit from federal funds

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By Jennifer Garcia

The federal government is awarding funds and the airports in Los Alamos and Raton will reap the benefits.

A press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office announced Wednesday that the funds will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Bingaman said the Raton Municipal Airport will receive $1.1 million for perimeter fencing, which will enhance airport security and keep wildlife out of the airport movement areas.

Funding will be used to design the strengthening of runway 2-20 to accommodate existing and anticipated aircraft whereby increasing the capacity of that airport.

The Los Alamos Airport will receive $540,000 for the design and rehabilitation of runway 9-27, which will extend the runway’s useful life.

The airport will also use funding to extend the runway by 550 feet. The extension will allow the airport to accommodate different aircraft previously restricted.

“New Mexico communities benefit greatly from their airports, but maintenance and improvements can be costly.  These funds will help make a needed upgrade to the Raton and Los Alamos airports,” Bingaman said.

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