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Airport gets $1.1 million federal grant

The Greater Rochester International Airport has received a $1.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reconstruct an existing deicing pad. Last year, the airport received a $1.9 million grant to build an 11,700-square-foot deicing containment facility.rs-airport-canopy

“The Rochester airport supports more than 10,000 jobs and contributes over $800 million to our local economy every single year. I’m pleased to announce funding today from the Department of Transportation to ensure it remains a reliable and safe hub for the businesses and travelers that rely on it every day,” Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, said in a statement. “Smart investments in infrastructure are crucial to continuing to grow Rochester’s economy.”

Last week, county officials announced the next phase of the $60 million renovation of the airport. Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and airport revitalization project stakeholders are seeking bids for the canopy that will provide a protective covering for passengers using curbside vehicles and the parking garage.

The canopy will provide both security benefits and sustainability features including solar panels and a 40,000-gallon rainwater collection system for landscaping and irrigation on airport property.

Work continues on the airport’s smart phone lot that is part of the overall renovation.

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