Brunswick airport receives $350K federal transportation grant

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BRUNSWICK — Brunswick Executive Airport received almost $350,000 in federal transportation grant money, U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced Tuesday.

The grant is the first in a series the airport will received as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s military airports program, which assists in the conversion of military to civilian airports. Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, which manages the airport, said Brunswick Executive Airport is the only general aviation airport in the country that was accepted into the FAA’s program; the majority of other grant recipients are airports with scheduled passenger service.

Levesque said the money would be used to update the airport master plan and do a wildlife management plan. The authority intends to spend $4.5 million this year alone on airport improvements, including runway lights, air navigation systems and automated weather systems.