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Rahall Announces DOT Funding for Nicholas County Airport
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Friday announced that the Nicholas County Airport Authority has been awarded $527,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to remove runway obstructions for the general aviation airport in Summersville.
"General aviation is an essential, as well as robust part of our local and national economies," said Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "When the federal government invests in aviation safety, it also invests in moving business and commerce forward. We all win with safer airports."
The federal funding awarded to Nicholas County Airport Authority was made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Airport Authority will use the monies to remove obstructions (tree removal and mitigation) in the Runway 22 approach surface.
Since September 2011, Rahall has been seeking funding and support from the Corps of Engineers and the Department of Transportation for the Summersville Airport, which is located on federal land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Summersville Lake. The trees are located in Area 3 of the Mountain Lake Campground, one of the most heavily visited recreational areas that the Corps leases.