August 31, 2015
Solberg Airport in Readington will get a $22,500 state grant for a $25,000 project to grade the runway safety area at the airport. The grant is part of $5.4 million in grants awarded this June by the State of New Jersey to fund $6.3 million in projects at eight airports in the state.
The awards illustrate how airports, both private and public, finance infrastructure costs at taxpayer expense through State and Federal grants. The state aid grants awarded this June cover 75-100% of the project costs for the recipient airports, with projects costing up to $2.5 million. According to the NJ Department of Transportation, “The Christie Administration has invested more than $28.6 million in New Jersey’s general aviation airports in the past five years, leveraging an additional $56.1 million in airport improvements and management.”
The Northeast Regional Representative of the National Business Aviation Association, Dean Saucier, stated that “FAA’s [Federal Aviation Association’s] Arlene Feldman and the New Jersey Aviation Association (NJAA) have worked hard over the years to strengthen GA [General Aviation] in the state. One example is the annual awards luncheon that NJAA holds honoring legislators and aviation professionals who have been instrumental in advancing GA that year.”
Airports receiving a share of the $5.4 million include Trenton-Mercer Airport (Mercer County), Morristown Municipal Airport (Morris County), Greenwood Lake Airport (Passaic County), Eagles Nest Airport (Ocean County), Central Jersey Regional Airport (Somerset County), and Solberg Airport (Hunterdon County).