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Woodbine awarded nearly $600,000 for airport project

WOODBINE — Mayor William Pikolycky has announced the borough received grant funding from the state Department of Transportation Airport Improvement Program in the amount of $25,145 for the state share of the construction of the Helicopter Parking Apron project at Woodbine Municipal Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration had recently allotted Airport Improvement Program Funding in the amount of $566,689.00 for the design and construction of this Helicopter Parking Apron.

The borough is looking to assign a designated helicopter parking area to provide adequate separation between fixed and rotary-wing parking areas. The proposed helicopter parking area will provide two parking spaces that will support the design helicopters Eurocopter BK117 B-2 (Skid) and Agusta Westland A109E (Wheels). The proposed parking will be a rectangular paved asphalt and concrete surface measuring about 10,450 square feet. The helicopter parking area will not include lighting. In order to provide safety during night operations, edge reflectors will be installed along the edges of the parking area.

This construction area will consist of paved asphalt and a rectangular concrete surface measuring a total of about 22,000 square feet.

This brings the funding for the project to a total of $591,834.00.

“I want to thank both FAA and NJDOT for their commitment to this important project, which can now move forward into the construction phase,” Pikolycky said. “Demand for helicopter activity has been increasing at our airport, and as a result we are addressing the need to expand in order to accommodate helicopter operations while at the same time not interfering with our single-wing aircraft.”

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