HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Maryland’s U.S. Senators say nearly $900,000 of federal funds have been granted to Hagerstown Regional Airport for a new plow that’ll be used to keep it open in bad weather.

The Herald-Mail reported on Sunday that Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen recently announced the $875,000 from the U.S. Transportation department.

Washington County commissioners accepted a bid last month for the new equipment, which will be used to clear the airfield of snow and ice. The multipurpose rotary plow, runway broom and carrier vehicle cost nearly $640,000 and are from Wisconsin-based Wausau Equipment, the lowest bidder of four responding companies.

Airport manager Phil Ridenour says any funds remaining from the grant could be applied toward a new deicing truck, which has received a grant but bids haven’t met specifications.


Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com