More Than A Little Help From Murtha
Over the past several years, Rep. John P. Murtha (D- Pa.) has helped persuade Congress and the federal government to invest at least $150 million in the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, which has since been renamed in his honor. Here are some of the projects:
$8 million for a Digital Airport Surveillance Radar system. The equipment is designed to detect weather patterns more than 100 miles away, but staffing problems have kept it from being used since it was unveiled in 2004.
$17.8 million to replace the main asphalt runway with a reinforced concrete bed. The project, added to the Defense Department budget, was finished last year to make the airport's main runway sturdy enough to handle large military and civilian jets.
$14 million for a Marine Corps helicopter hangar and training facility. The project was completed in 2001 to house the light-attack helicopter unit that Murtha persuaded the Marines to move from the Willow Grove, Pa., base.
$6.8 million for a new air traffic control tower. The tower was completed in 1999.
SOURCE: John P. Murtha-Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Authority, federal records