AUGUSTA — The Augusta State Airport will receive $1 million in federal funding to buy an array of snow removal equipment.

The equipment will help keep the state-owned and city-run airport operational during snowstorms, according to a news release Friday from Maine Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins.

The money will pay for one truck with a rotary plow, one truck with a displacement plow and hopper-spreader, and one front-end loader with a snow basket, according to Collins’ office.

“We’re always grateful for the assistance of our legislative delegation,” City Manager William Bridgeo said of the grant award.

Airport Manager John Guimond could not be reached late Friday for additional details on the grant or equipment it would purchase.

Snowe and Collins said in a joint statement that the funding will assist the airport in making investments in snow removal equipment that will help keep the airport operational during inclement weather and increase the efficiency and safety of operations at the airport.

News of the grant comes following the recent completion of a $7.5 million, federally funded safety improvement project. The main runway of the airport reopened earlier this month after being closed for reconstruction for two months.


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