PennDOT Awards Grants to Doylestown, Quakertown Airports
February 23, 2015
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  • Capital improvements are cleared for takeoff at Doylestown and Quakertown airports with $667,500 in grants from the state.

    On Monday, PennDOT announced $9.7 million in grants for county airports statewide.

    Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said two of the grants would go to airports controlled by the Bucks County Airport Authority.

    The newspaper was unsuccessful in reaching the authority for comment.

    The Doylestown airport, which is in Buckingham, is scheduled to receive $487,500 for the acquisition of nearby property to “remove airport approach obstructions,” PennDOT officials said.

    A second grant of $180,000 is to allow for the purchase of land near the Quakertown airport, which is in Milford.

    PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation said it would award six airport grants this year. The largest grant of $2.9 million is to pay for repairs to a “severely deteriorated” public parking lot and sidewalks at the Allegheny County Airport southeast of Pittsburgh.

    Since 1961, the Bucks County Airport Authority has secured more than $6 million in state and federal grants for airport improvements. The Doylestown and Quakertown airports each have a single, paved runway just over 3,000 feet in length, according to the authority. Doylestown averages 213 flights per day, officials estimated; Quakertown averages 80.