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A Raleigh County airport receives over $300,000 for projects

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"We have a lot of airports with a lot of needs, I'll tell you that," said U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.

Those who run airports in the mountain state are advised to put applications in to receive funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The manager of the Raleigh County Memorial Airport said they've received those funds and will use them to improve runways

"We are trying to seal the pavement of any cracks that have caused any damage to the base. That will give us a longer life of the pavement for the future," said airport manager Tom Cochran.

Many airports receive routine airport improvement funding, but this year a portion of the funds provided in the grant were allocated in the CARES Act.

"CARES Act is another part of funding that the government has offered for different phases of money to help the operational part of the airport," Cochran said.

One man, heading back to his home in Utah, said he appreciates the efforts made by the airport to keep everyone safe, but wants to remind others that it's a team effort.

"I think it's very important for all of us to use it take our conscience and use it. Without other people or government enforcing us to use it, it's on our own personal health and safety, said Fernasdo Velasco.

The airport manager said operations have slowed down drastically, but he works to continue to keep everyone safe.

"We're still trying to follow the guidelines of the COVID-19 process of social distancing and wearing the masks. Our sanitizing operations.. we have going out daily, said Fernasdo Velasco.

Cochran adds the new funding will improve the airport to continue serving air travelers in this region for years to come.

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