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(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that Boeing Field will receive $3.5 million in federal support to repair damage suffered in last week's earthquake. The funding, which was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, will be delivered shortly. The airfield expects to be operating at full capacity within three weeks.

"I am pleased to announce this federal money to repair Boeing field," said Murray. "With this support, Boeing Field can get back to running at full capacity and serving as one of the most important economic and commercial hubs in the Seattle area."

During the earthquake, Boeing Field sustained significant damage to approximately one-third of the runway, which reduced the useable length from 10,000 to 4,700 feet. Operations have been limited to aircraft with gross weights of 110,000 pounds dual wheels (B727's) or 220,000 pounds dual tandem wheels (B767's) or less. This severely limited most international cargo operations.

"I am grateful for the swift and appropriate response from Transportation Secretary Norm Minetta and FAA Administrator Jane Garvey," said Murray. "They deserve a lot of credit for helping deliver this funding so quickly."

Boeing Field is the primary commercial airport in the Northwest, with an average of 26,000 cargo planes utilizing the field annually. It is also used for charter flights, general aviation, and as a test strip for Boeing aircraft.

Senator Murray secured an additional $2 million in funds for other runway and taxiway improvements to Boeing Field as part of the Fiscal Year 2001 transportation appropriations bill. Senator Murray is the ranking member on the Transportation subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.