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aeronautics-administrator-decarlo-stow-minuteman-upgrade-with-kate-hogandon-mcpherson-27mar17The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced an award of $850,000 to Minute Man Air Field in Stow for a project to make necessary repairs and reconstruction improvements.

MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Jeffrey DeCarlo joined State Representative Kate Hogan, elected and local officials, municipal leaders, and Minute Man Airfield executives to celebrate the award.

“We are proud to support Minute Man Air Field and continue strengthening our transportation systems in ways that promote growth and development,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Through aviation infrastructure investments we can ensure the Commonwealth supports air travel and upholds its commitment to a world-class transportation system that empowers its citizens.”

“This award will provide Minute Man Air Field with the opportunity to continue developing and improving its infrastructure,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We thank all the stakeholders in this process and look forward to Minute Man Air Field continuing to provide benefits for the local community including increased transportation opportunities and economic development.”

These funds will be put toward an approximately $1.06 million public-private partnership project to make repairs to a section of the parallel taxiway, south ramp, and refueling ramp at Minute Man Airfield.  The parallel taxiway and fueling ramp will be repaired by milling, crack sealing and overlaying the pavement surfaces. The south ramp will be repaired by reclaiming the existing pavement and repaving with state pavement specifications.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to award these funds to Minute Man Airfield,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We would like to thank the elected and local officials as well as the MassDOT staff who have played a role in this award and we look forward to continuing to support our airports and ensuring we meet the Commonwealth’s air transportation and economic needs.”

“Minute Man Air Field is an economic engine here in Stow and a premier destination for aviation in this region,” said State Representative Kate Hogan. “The funding provided through these grants will enable Don McPherson and his staff to make important taxiway and infrastructure improvements to the airport—maintaining their commitment to our local pilots and aviation community. I thank Administrator DeCarlo and the entire Aeronautics Division at MassDOT for making our airport a priority.”

“We are pleased to announce this important funding award for Minute Man Air Field,” said Administrator DeCarlo. “We are committed to advancing air travel and working closely with our partners in government, key stakeholders and industry leaders to enhance our aviation infrastructure in a way that promotes increased safety, economic development, and environmental stewardship.”

These operations represent Phase III of a larger project to improve and upgrade the airport infrastructure and compliment previous work to resurface the runway ensuring the airport meets FAA standards. This project will be funded under the MassDOT Aeronautics Division’s Airport Safety & Maintenance Program in accordance with MGL Chapter 90.

Minute Man Air Field is home to more than 75 based aircraft including 3 helicopters stored in aircraft hangars, and on tie-downs along the airfield’s taxiways and aprons. The airport features a 2,800 foot paved, lighted, instrument runway and a 1,600 foot-long visual runway.  In addition, the airport is home to several local businesses and helps support local economic growth and development. According to the most recent Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study Update, Minute Man Airfield generates over $12 million in annual economic activity and contributes to the employment of nearly 150 individuals in the local community.

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