TETERBORO, N.J.– The Teterboro Airport received a $596,427 U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for upgrades to the runway safety area, officials said.
The grant will fund Phase 3 of 3 of improvements to the "Runway 1/19" safety area to enhance the safety of operations at the airport, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ).
"Teterboro Airport is an important part of the region's aviation system. The airport sits in the middle of a densely populated area with a runway adjacent to a major highway, which is why I consider these runway safety upgrades a top priority," said Pascrell, a member of the House Budget Committee. "As a part of the transportation-heavy metropolitan area, Teterboro Airport has very particular needs, different from our other regional airports. This grant should help make the facility safer and more secure for the hundreds of thousands of flights that annually land and takeoff from Teterboro as well for the surrounding communities in South Bergen."
Fourteen people were injured in Feb. 2005 after an aircraft overran a runway at Teterboro Airport.
A law authored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in response required all of the nation's major airports to have a 1,000 foot runway end buffer zone by 2015 to ensure passenger safety in the event of an overrun.
Teterboro Airport received a $1 million FAA grant in 2013, which was also used for improving runway safety. y
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