Bethel Airport awarded $750,000 grant
The Bethel Airport Authority is expected to award a bid Aug. 13 to build a new terminal building, along with other improvements.
Bethel last week received notification that the airport had been awarded a $750,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation for the project.
The work will also include a new access road, parking lot and electrical vault.
The new 26x50-square foot terminal will replace an existing 256-square-foot “pilots’ lounge.”
The new access road will be a right turn off the North Road, replacing an entrance that currently shares Airport Road with the town’s Gamm Building.
Under the grant arrangement Federal Aviation Adminstration will pay 90 percent of the cost, while the state and the airport will pay 5 percent each.
The project is part of a 20-year Airport Capital Improvement Plan, approved by Bethel selectmen last August. The plan addresses an expected increase in airport usage and actively encourages more use by itinerant pilots.