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RDU to get stimulus money for runway lights

Posted April 8, 2009 1:33 p.m. EDT
Updated April 8, 2009 3:58 p.m. EDT

— The Raleigh-Durham International Airport will receive $4.5 million to upgrade the lights on one of its runways, officials said Wednesday.

RDU plans to replace more than 2,000 quartz lights near Terminal 2 with light-emitting diodes, spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said. LEDs last longer and are more energy-efficient than conventional lights, and Hamlin said they would cut the airport's maintenance and energy costs.

The Federal Aviation Administration received $1.1 billion in stimulus funds to distribute to airports based on a project priority system that addresses airport safety and security, infrastructure, runway safety, increased capacity and mitigation of environmental impacts.

Asheville Regional Airport will receive $7.5 million to improve its terminal, officials said.