NEW JERSEY—The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $18.6 million to New Jersey airports for runway construction and rehabilitation, fire and rescue equipment and other safety upgrades.

Slated to receive FAA grants are:

• The Trenton Mercer Airport, which will receive $13.3 million for Mercer County to improve safety and prevent runway overshoot by adding technology at the end of two runways, plus $120,000 to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment;

• The Robert J. Miller Air Park in Toms River, which will receive $4 million for Ocean County to construct a new runway;

• Atlantic City International Airport, which will receive $765,000 for the South Jersey Transportation Authority to acquire a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle and $300,000 for the authority to evaluate environmental issues related to the installation of a new perimeter fence;

• Essex County Airport, which will receive $110,000 for the Essex County Improvement Authority to conduct a wildlife hazard assessment; and

• Linden Airport, which will receive $36,000 for the City of Linden to conduct a runway rehabilitation project.

“This federal funding will protect passengers and help local New Jersey airports continue to provide reliable service,” said U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the FAA. “New Jersey is a major transportation hub and this funding will help us welcome tourists, accommodate business travelers and strengthen our economy.”