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TRENTON, N.J. — Mercer County announces it received today a New Jersey Department of Transportation grant of nearly $1.4 to support an airport security fence project that would enhance safety at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing. Work is scheduled to begin mid 2013.

“Mercer County is extremely pleased to have received this $1.4 million grant for 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 that diligence has paid off as illustrated with the addition of major commercial passenger carrier Frontier Airlines joining our ranks.”

Added Hughes, “We believe Trenton-Mercer is vital to the continued economic growth in Mercer County and the surrounding region, and this latest investment by the state attests to that.”

The new fence will be 10 feet high, which is consistent with today’s highest safety standards.

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. The Hughes Administration aggressively pursues all federal and state grants available.

TTN is home to more than a dozen aviation tenants, including several Fortune 500 companies.