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Groton-New London Airport receives $6 million from FAA

Groton – The Groton-New London Airport has received a $6,029,987 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to finance runway safety improvements, Congressman Joe Courtney’s office announced today.

“I am pleased to announce funding for these safety improvements at Groton-New London Airport,” Courtney said in a statement. “This project will make for a safer environment at an airport that has unique terrain and features. For passengers, employees and the surrounding area, it is great news.”

The $6 million will pay for the first part of a two-phase project to enhance safety features at the end of Runway 5-23, which is constrained on both ends by the Poquonnock River and tidal waters.

The work includes the purchase of an arrestor bed, a lightweight concrete block system that can be used to stop airplanes that overrun the runway. Arrestor beds designed specifically for the Groton-New London Airport will be placed at each end of the runway.

The Groton-New London Airport is owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

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