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Airport targeted for grant funds from FAA

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By Alice Du Pont

Rep. Allen Boyd announced last week that the Quincy Municipal Airport will receive $126,573 from the Federal Aviation Administration. This means that by the end of February, more aircraft could be housed at the facility.

Workers were busy contructing the hangar Monday afternoon.

"This hangar will completely house aircraft," said Bo Rollins, site superintendent with Cathey Construction. The hangar project should be complete by the end of February, according to Rollins.

The grant will provide funding for the bypass taxi lane project, which will allow for an alternate path in the hangar complex. The upgrade is a requirement by the FAA to improve airport safety.

Boyd said he was pleased that the funds were awarded to the airport and the money will be used to help it meet the FAA’s requirements and better plan for future airport operations.

Another federal grant for $58,530 was awarded by the FAA to the airport authority last August.

"I was really pleased when I heard about the grant. Any expansion at the airport is a boost for the city of Quincy. It moves us a little further toward of goal of becoming a premier city," said Jack McLean, Quincy city manager.