- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - The Knox County Regional Airport in Rockland, Maine, will receive a $1.8 million federal grant to resurface its runway.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the work will be the first major resurfacing of the main, 5,000-foot runway in 20 years. The asphalt at the runway has reached the end of its useful life.

About 30,000 people use the airport every year. The main runway will be closed for about 12 days during the work. The airport will still be able to handle smaller aircraft via a secondary runway.

The money is from the Federal Aviation Administration. Airport manager Jeff Northgraves says the work will put the airport in a better position to handle traffic in the future.

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