Congressman Brian Higgins announced Chaut-auqua County's Jamestown Airport has been awarded $199,131 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation.
"Airport safety is always paramount and these funds will allow for important upgrades at our Jamestown facility," said Higgins, a member of the Congressional Aviation Safety Caucus. "This grant will improve transportation efficiency and safety at an airport that plays an important role in keeping and growing local business opportunities as well as providing commercial service to the region."
The allocation disbursed by the Federal Aviation Administration will improve safety at the airport by replacing airfield guidance signage which is now over 20 years old.
Higgins has been a major supporter of regional airport services in Jamestown and Dunkirk. Earlier this year he pushed for continuation of the Essential Air Service program that ensures commercial airline service in Jamestown.
In 2009, the Jamestown Airport also received a $500,000 grant for phase II construction, providing security enhancements at the facility.
In addition, over the last several years the Dunkirk Airport has been awarded approximately $8 million, including $2.4 million for runway expansion announced this summer.