McNeill lauds $2.76 million in grant awards for LVIA

HARRISBURG, April 25 -- State Rep. Jeanne McNeill said she is pleased to see the announcements that the Lehigh Valley International Airport will receive $2.76 million in grant funding from PennDOT and the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

“The airport is a bustling economic engine for the Lehigh Valley and this funding will help it to do even more to help residents, businesses and those who travel to our area,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh.

LVIA will use the $1.76 million grant from the state Transportation Department to continue its terminal connector and security checkpoint expansion and to enhance terminal commercial development connectivity.

The grant is one of 12 projects at 10 airports that were awarded a total of $10 million today through the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program administered by PennDOT.

In addition, the administration last week announced a $1 million RACP grant to continue work on the airport's checkpoint project. In late 2021, the airport received $2 million from RACP for a new four-lane security screening checkpoint with an elevated terminal connector. The work includes an addition to the terminal complex enabling a federally compliant four-lane passenger security screening area; four new elevators and four new escalators to meet ADA standards; reduced walking distances and decreased ADA vertical transitions; state-of-the-art air purification and anti-microbial finishes; and optimized lighting.