Federal funds will help Long Island MacArthur and Calabro airports make critical improvements

An aerial view of Long Island MacArthur Airport An aerial view of Long Island MacArthur Airport on Dec. 12, 2011. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

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Long Island MacArthur Airport and Brookhaven Calabro Airport will receive about $5 million in federal funding for infrastructure repairs.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) announced Friday that MacArthur will receive nearly $3.6 million from the federal Department of Transportation to build out the airport's taxiway for better aircraft traffic efficiency, while Calabro will receive $1.5 million for improvements to its taxiway lighting and guidance systems.

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"With this vital funding, Brookhaven and MacArthur airports can make important upgrades that will ultimately improve efficiency," Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a release. "These airports are economic engines for the Long Island region and these funds will help make sure they continue running strong."

"This is an important investment for Long Island," Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said. "These federal dollars will help provide critical infrastructure upgrades at Brookhaven Calabro Airport as well as Long Island MacArthur Airport, providing better, safer service for travelers and business, and strengthening the local economy."

"This grant funding will allow critical work to take place at two important local airports," Bishop said. "It represents an extension of our efforts to upgrade our regional transportation hubs and keep the jobs associated with them here in our communities."

The Brookhaven Town-run Calabro Airport, located in Shirley, will use more than $1.1 million of the funding to upgrade the taxiway lighting system while the rest of the funding is earmarked for a new runway vertical/visual guidance system to provide improved approaches to the runway ends, and replacing the airport's rotating beacon.

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The Islip Town-run MacArthur Airport, in Ronkonkoma, will use its $3.6 million in funding to construct the western part of one taxiway, including milling, excavation and paving.

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