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Tri-State Airport to use grant funds for snow removal equipment

August 3, 2018

KENOVA — Tri-State Airport in Kenova will purchase snow removal equipment with grant funding announced on Tuesday.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $846,829 in funding for airport enhancements at Tri-State Aiport in Kenova, as well as airports in Marion and Braxton counties.

The bulk of the grant funding, $675,000, was allocated to the Tri-State Aiport.

“Specifically, we will be purchasing a new 18-foot broom and a one-and-a-half-ton 4x4 pickup with a plow and dump bed,” said Tri-State Airport Director Brent Brown. “Both pieces of the snow removal equipment will help us to maintain a safe and operational runway during snow events.”

Brown said the broom is replacing a 20-plus-year-old broom that blew a motor this past season.

“The pickup allows us to get into tighter areas to clear snow and ice where the larger equipment can’t get to,” Brown added.

Fairmont-Marion County Regional Airport Authority was awarded $110,000 and the Braxton County Airport Authority was awarded $61,829 for airport improvements and enhancements.

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