For Immediate Release

October 1, 2012
Contact: Tony Molinaro or Elizabeth Cory
Phone: (847) 294-7427 (Tony)/(847) 294-7849 (Elizabeth)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a $5.1 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to design and construct a runway safety area for Runway 6L/24R at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.

“This project will make travel safer for everyone who uses Burke Lakefront Airport,” said Secretary LaHood. “Making important investments in our aviation system promotes safety and economic growth in communities across the country.”

The FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant will fund the design and first phase of construction that will include shifting the end of Runway 24R 600 feet to the east and building a 400-foot runway safety area, or Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) bed, at the end of Runway 6L. EMAS is a bed of collapsible concrete designed to slow or stop an aircraft that is unable to stop before the end of a runway.

Initial work will begin this fall, with additional phases being bid early next year. The entire project will be complete by 2014.

“Enhancing runway safety areas has been a national priority for the FAA,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “This grant enhances the safety of this airport.”

AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for airport improvement projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity and environmental stewardship of our nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations and general aviation activities throughout the nation.