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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County announces it received today a New Jersey Department of Transportation grant of $25,625 to go toward the necessary engineering for rehabilitation and improvements to taxiways H, B and F at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing. This latest grant adds to the $973,750 received from the Federal Aviation Administration for the project, bringing the total, with the County’s apportionment, to $1,025,000. Work is scheduled to begin this summer.

““Mercer County is extremely pleased to have received this $1,025,000 grant for taxiway improvements at Trenton-Mercer Airport and we thank State DOT Commissioner James Simpson for his continued support,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “We continue to make upgrades and improvements at Trenton-Mercer that keep our airport competitive with other regional airports and attractive to potential carriers, and we believe Trenton-Mercer is vital to the continued economic growth in Mercer County and the surrounding region.”

“Our public use airports fill an important niche in New Jersey’s vast and varied transportation network,” state DOT Commissioner James Simpson said. “Public use airports provide a recreational option for residents as well as convenience and mobility for businesses and their clients. Support of these facilities through state and federal grants helps promote economic growth.”

Hughes agreed. “Trenton-Mercer is an economic driver in our region that generates, according to a state study, more than $217 million in economic impact to our regional economy and generates more than 2,000 jobs in our area. For Mercer County alone, the airport provides $1.5 million in local property tax revenue.”

Improvements, which include lighting and draining upgrades, are important because these primary taxiways at Trenton-Mercer provide access and egress to some of the airport’s heaviest users. TTN is home to more than a dozen aviation tenants, including several Fortune 500 companies.