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September 5, 2013

Lake Clear airport wins federal grant

LAKE CLEAR — Adirondack Regional Airport has received a much-needed grant for terminal upgrades and infrastructure improvements.

The $85,405 comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“This is definitely a positive for us because we need to keep that airport open and running,” said Franklin County Legislator Timothy Burpoe (D-District 7, Saranac Lake), whose district is home to the airport.

The grant will fund the design stage of a project to repair the airport’s terminal apron, which has deteriorated from water intrusion and poor drainage.

It will also fund the design of a plan to replace under-drain pipes to address the current lack of subsurface drainage.

‘NECESSARY WORK’

Congressman Bill Owens said rural airports like Adirondack Regional are essential.

“In our region, small airports like the Adirondack Regional Airport keep us connected to larger regional hubs and give tourists convenient access to the Adirondacks,” he said in a news release.

“Upgrading our airport complements ongoing efforts to increase tourism in the region and, in doing so, helps us realize the Adirondacks’ full economic potential.”

Harrietstown Supervisor Robert Bevilacqua said the grant will go a long way in helping complete improvements at the airport.

“I am pleased to hear the DOT has awarded Adirondack Regional this grant,” he said in a news release.

“This will fund the design portion, one of the final pieces of our airport’s apron-rehabilitation project. We are looking forward to getting this necessary work completed.”

AIR FORCE ONE

Adirondack Regional Airport is capable of handling aircraft as large as a Boeing 757 and is serviced by Cape Air, which provides daily service to Boston’s Logan International Airport.

It also handles general aviation aircraft of all sizes.

In August 2000, Adirondack Regional welcomed Air Force One, as President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in the Adirondacks for a vacation and to celebrate the president’s birthday.

Mrs. Clinton was seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate from New York, at the time, and spent some of her vacation in the region campaigning.

Burpoe told the Press-Republican that the government’s support of the airport is vital, and he hopes it continues.

“Particularly rural airports like ours need support,” he said.

“If they don’t get it, they will die.”

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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