Petrarca announces aviation grants for regional airports in Armstrong, Westmoreland counties

LATROBE, Aug. 28 – Approximately $2 million in state grants will be used to make significant improvements at McVille Airport in Armstrong County and at the Arnold Palmer Regional and Rostraver Airports in Westmoreland County, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland, Armstrong/Indiana, announced today.

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will receive $1.5 million in state grants for hangar site development and ground access improvements. A total of $375,000 has been awarded to Rostraver Airport to repair its access road and make improvements to the aviation fuel farm and helipad. McVille Airport will receive $150,000 for construction of a building to store and protect airport maintenance equipment.

“These vital investments in our airports will support jobs and economic development in our communities in Armstrong and Westmoreland counties,” Petrarca said. “Making these needed improvements in our regional airports ensures they will continue to operate safely and provide additional expansion and growth opportunities.”

The airports are among 29 across Pennsylvania that will receive over $13 million in state investments from the state Transportation Department's Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, the Aviation Development Program, and the Multimodal Fund.

As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13th nationwide in the total number of public-use aviation facilities, with 127 airports, heliports, and seaplane bases.