The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Knox County a grant in the amount of $198,000 for improvements at the Knox County Regional Airport.

"Maine's large geographic area makes air travel an important transportation option that connects towns and cities across the state," said Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King in a joint statement. "Maine's small airports, such as Knox County Regional, play a vital role in supporting local businesses, especially in the state's more rural regions. This funding will help the city purchase land to make necessary safety improvements."

Specifically, the DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration says the funding will be used to remove obstructions in the Runway 13 approach and transitional surfaces, and fund the reimbursement for the easement acquisition of 15 parcels for the project.