LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County Airport is one of 27 in Pennsylvania awarded grant funding to improve facilities and enhance safety.
The Reedsville facility will receive $200,556 to construct a hangar taxiway.
The Federal Aviation Administration is providing $11.8 million in grants through the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees and the sale of aviation fuel. Airports receive up to 95 percent of eligible costs for projects included in Pennsylvania's 12-year transportation program.
The state portion of funding - $805,547 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's aviation development program - comes from the state's jet fuel tax and leverages more than $743,047 in local matching funds.
Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the aviation development program. Airports eligible for the federal block grant program include: general aviation airports, designated reliever airports, and non-primary commercial airline airports (those with fewer than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.
The state has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 15 airports have scheduled commercial service.