Madden, McNeill and Northeast Delegation Announce $1.7 Million for Guaranteed LVIA Upgrades in State Budget | The Valley Register

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State Representatives Maureen Madden and Jeanne McNeill announced that the efforts of the PA House Democratic Caucus Northeast Delegation have secured $1.7 million for ongoing infrastructure upgrades at the Lehigh Valley International Airport. The funding was included in the 2022-23 state budget, which passed earlier this summer.

“Supporting critical transportation infrastructure needs was a no-brainer for our Northeast delegation,” said Madden, D-Monroe. “As Chairman of the Delegation, I know that all of our members have agreed that Lehigh Valley International serves individuals and families from across the North East corner of our Commonwealth. Improving airport operational efficiency and safety for passengers and employees just makes sense. I am thrilled with LVI’s upgrades and its ability to adapt and meet the needs of our growing region.

“Lehigh Valley International Airport is an important transportation hub not only for our region, but also for Pennsylvania’s economy, bringing tourists and business travelers to the Commonwealth,” said McNeill, D. -Lehigh, vice-president of the delegation. “These funds will not only provide the necessary improvements to keep the airport secure, but will also expand the TSA checkpoint area to make entering and exiting the airport much more efficient. I would like to thank all my colleagues from the North East delegation who have supported the advocacy on this project. »

During the budget negotiation process in June, the Northeast delegation sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, and House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila. , on behalf of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority to advocate for funds for these projects.

The funds will be used for a new passenger boarding bridge for Gate 3 after the original PBB was taken out of service for exceeding its useful life. The new PBB will improve operational efficiency for passengers and employees and improve TSA compliance.

“Passenger numbers at Lehigh Valley International Airport have returned to and even exceeded pre-pandemic levels,” said Executive Director Thomas R. Stoudt of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. “This resurgence has emphasized accelerating the need for an additional jet bridge. This infrastructure upgrade will improve our level of service in the region and provide growth potential for airlines.

“We are grateful for the strong support from State Representative Maureen Madden and the entire North East delegation as they recognize the essential role of the ABE within the Commonwealth’s transport network,” Stoudt said.

According to the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, this year LVIA recorded its highest passenger traffic for the month of May since 2004, for the month of June since 2001 and its highest passenger traffic for the month of July never recorded.

The airport is located in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, which is part of the McNeill Legislative District.

Information provided to TVL by:
Thomas LeClair
House Democratic Communications Office

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