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More than $35 million project on the horizon at State College airport

A more than $35 million taxiway rehabilitation project is planned at University Park Airport. The Penn State Board of Trustees appointed architect Mead & Hunt to design the taxiway rehabilitation. Final plans, once designed and costs established, will return to the board for approval.
A more than $35 million taxiway rehabilitation project is planned at University Park Airport. The Penn State Board of Trustees appointed architect Mead & Hunt to design the taxiway rehabilitation. Final plans, once designed and costs established, will return to the board for approval. Centre Daily Times, file

The Penn State Board of Trustees on Friday voted to approve the appointment of an architect for a taxiway rehabilitation project at University Park Airport.

The architect is Mead & Hunt, of Middleton, Wisconsin.

According to board agenda materials, Taxiway A at the airport has exceeded the Federal Aviation Administration’s 20-year service life.

The rehabilitation project is planned to “replace the pavement, remove direct access to the runway from aprons, increase the size of the hold-bays and widen fillets and shoulders to meet current FAA design standards and better accommodate larger aircraft,” according to the agenda.

The project is estimated to cost more than $35 million, and according to the agenda, funding will come from the FAA, the state Department of Transportation Aviation Development Program and the Passenger Facility Charge.

The project might need to be phased over multiple years due to funding availability.

Additionally, final plans, once designed and costs established, will be brought to the board for approval.

In May, the airport received a $2.2 million state grant through PennDOT’s aviation portion of the Act 89 Multimodal Fund.

The grant was awarded to help fund a multimillion-dollar expansion project that includes constructing a new access road, a new airport entrance and additional parking.

University Park Airport has three airlines flying regional jets to four hubs — Washington, D.C. (United), Chicago (United), Philadelphia (American Airlines) and Detroit (Delta). In April, United replaced its 50-seat jet to Chicago with a 70-seat jet.

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