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PE, PENN AIRWAYS CELEBRATE REOPENING OF POTTSTOWN-LIMERICK AIRPORT

 PE, PENN AIRWAYS CELEBRATE REOPENING OF POTTSTOWN-LIMERICK AIRPORT
 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- At ceremonies this morning to mark its reopening, the Pottstown-Limerick Airport was hailed as "the best small airport in the region" and a significant contribution to positive economic development in the tri-county region.
 The 200-acre airport, which is owned by Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) and managed by Penn Airways, recently reopened after reconstruction of its runway and a series of other safety, environmental, and aesthetic improvements.
 The reopening ceremony was attended by more than 100 people this morning, including airport tenants and customers, local, state and federal officials, civic and business leaders, and PE and Penn Airways management.
 Six million dollars in improvements were made possible by a public- private partnership involving PE, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, with planning and approvals from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Montgomery County, and Limerick Township. The government support came after PE's commitment to enhance the facility and continue its operations in the future. The funds derived from the Aviation Trust Fund, which garners revenue from an excise tax on aviation fuel.
 Al Solecki, PE vice president, said the airport improvements represented another major investment into the area's infrastructure and the airport is now well-positioned to better contribute to positive economic development in the tri-county region.
 Pottstown-Limerick Airport, a home for both corporate aircraft and private planes, is a designated reliever landing field for Philadelphia International Airport and it is the largest airport between Philadelphia and Reading Municipal Airport. It was purchased by PE in 1968 during the planning for the Limerick Generating Station. The airport is located about five miles from the Pottstown Business District, 15 miles from King of Prussia, and two miles southeast from the power plant.
 The improvements included raising and widening the runway, building new taxiways and parking areas, erecting new lighting systems and a beacon tower, installing weather and navigational equipment, and constructing a new fuel dispensing facility, among other aesthetic changes.
 The runway project was planned to improve the runway's condition and provide safer approaches and landings. It cost nearly $3 million and consumed more than 15,000 manhours of work during less than three months. It included the construction of an embankment 150 feet wide and up to eight feet high using 200,000 cubic yards of rock fill and approximately 17,000 tons of subbase, improved drainage systems, and setting a stronger, more durable runway surface.
 The airport's operations in 1990 included more than 40,000 flights.
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