Bradley Lauds Runway Improvements at Laconia Airport

For Immediate Release - Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Contact - Stephanie DuBois, (202) 225-5456

Attends groundbreaking of runway rehabilitation and new taxiway project

(Laconia, NH)- First District Congressman Jeb Bradley hailed the start of the Laconia Airport runway rehabilitation project as vital to economic growth in the Lakes Region at a groundbreaking ceremony for the runway rehabilitation and new taxiway project today. Bradley was joined by state and local officials and members of the Laconia Airport Authority to kick off the start of the runway construction project.

" Laconia Airport provides an important function in the economy and infrastructure of New Hampshire's Lakes Region, with its economic impact reaching nearly $50 million annually ," said Bradley, who worked with the Airport during the application process. "However, the runway has not been updated in over 20 years and is in need of safety improvements. This much-needed construction will ensure that Laconia Airport continues to be a safe hub for tourism and commerce in the Lakes Region."

Laconia Airport was awarded atotal of $7.7 million in funds from the Federal Aviation Administration's(FAA) Airport Improvement Program to upgrade their runway in order to meet current FAA safety requirements. The runway will be extended from 200 feet to 600 feet at both ends and a new full-length parallel taxiway will be constructed to the north of the runway. As it has been over 20 years since the runway was last repaved, it will be repaved and rehabilitated during the project.