TRENTON — Local officials this week learned that a $294,212 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is headed to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport.
Airport Manager Allison Navia said the grant announcement, made jointly by Maine’s U.S. senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, eases her anxiety over the uncertain availability of federal funds for projects slated at the airport.
The announcement released by Snowe and Collins said the grant for the local airport is one of two grants awarded in Maine. The town of Greenville will receive $89,127 for work at the Greenville Municipal Airport.
The federal funds awarded to Hancock County will be used install a perimeter fence, repaint all pavement markings and design construction of a taxiway.
Navia said representatives from fence companies at a recent bid-specification meeting were visibly concerned when she told them it is uncertain when the airport would receive funds for the project, if ever.
“There is no certainty in funding, and that makes it tough to get projects started,” she said this week. “This will help. This is definitely good news.”