Department of Transportation Awards the City of Beverly with a $700,000 Grant for Infrastructure Improvements at Beverly Municipal Airport

(July 1, 2015) Peabody, MA --­ The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it will award the City of Beverly with a $714,600 grant for critical infrastructure improvements at the Beverly Municipal Airport. Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill lauded the Department for investing in the local airport.

"This grant will help fund improvements so that the Beverly Municipal Airport can continue to drive business activity in the area,” Senator Warren said. "This funding is a great example of how the federal government can be a good partner for communities in Massachusetts. Mayor Cahill and the Airport Commission deserve a lot of credit for their work.”

“This investment in improvements to the Beverly Municipal Airport will help the entire North Shore economy take off and support business activity in the region,” said Senator Markey. "I applaud Mayor Cahill, Senator Warren and Rep. Moulton for their efforts in securing this critical infrastructure funding.”

"The Beverly Municipal Airport is an important economic driver for the North Shore region," said Congressman Moulton. "This grant will ensure that the airport meets current FAA standards through much-needed runway improvements.  I am grateful to the Department of Transportation for this key investment and to the City of Beverly for working with both my and Senators Warren and Markey’s offices to ensure that pilots can safely and efficiently use this airport in the future.”

“Beverly Municipal Airport is an incredible asset to Beverly and the region,” said Mayor of Beverly Michael P. Cahill.  "These improvements, along with a new administration building which broke ground earlier this month, will provide the needed infrastructure to help the airport thrive for years to come.   Thank you to the Airport Commission for their hard work in obtaining this grant and the Department of Transportation for awarding these necessary funds as well as Senators Warren and Markey, and Congressman Moulton for their help in stewarding the request.”    

The DOT grant enables the Beverly Municipal Airport to make a number of important infrastructure upgrades, including:

  • Installing a new taxiway lighting system on Taxiway B and replace taxiway reflectors on Taxiway D in order to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions.
  • Installing a precision approach path indicators (PAPIs) for both the Runway 9 and 27 approaches. The new runway visual guidance system will make the airport more accessible to pilots by providing improved approaches to the runway ends.
  • Replacing approximately 23 airfield guidance signs to meet Federal Aviation Administration design standards and to enhance situational awareness for pilots operating on the airfield. The existing signs have reached the end of their useful lives.

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