As part of the Airport Improvement Program, flyers who use the Greater Binghamton Airport can expect new renovations over the next year. YNN's Carmella Mataloni has more about the grant that makes these upgrades possible.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The Greater Binghamton Airport received a $1.1 million grant to make much needed improvements.
Airport officials worked with Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to secure the grant. The money will help pay for apron rehabilitation, drainage improvements, and deicing facility improvements.
Although all of the improvements are necessary, airport officials say the deicing facility updates will be the most crucial.
During the colder months, pilots spray the planes with a chemical called glycol to protect them from snow and ice. However, the chemical must be sprayed in a safe location.
"There is an underground tank where we can collect water and the glycol and so when that tank fills up what we do is we have a treatment facility truck come up and pump the tank out and take it directly to a treatment facility that way it's not going into the environment," explained Carl Beardsley, Broome County Commissioner of Aviation.
Officials said the construction is expected to begin this spring, and completed by next year.
Last November, the airport completed work on a $13 million runway safety improvement and expansion project.