MANSFIELD - Airports in Mansfield and Taunton will receive more than $500,000 in federal grants to make improvements to their facilities, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced Friday.

Kennedy said the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $255,000 to Mansfield Municipal Airport and $295,000 to King Field in Taunton.

The Mansfield money will be used to clear obstructions along the flight path of runway 14/32.

Howard Fiske, chairman of the airport commission, said trees on property beyond the airport have grown on the ends of the runway and need to be removed.

The money will pay for an easement to provide access to the properties and to cut down the trees to improve flying safety.

"The Mansfield Municipal Airport is an active part of the local economy and an important regional center of general aviation," Kennedy said.

"This FAA grant will allow for necessary improvements to the safety of the airport's runway, and I congratulate Chairman Howard Fiske and the Mansfield Airport Commission on earning this award."

Another $295,000 will go to King Field in Taunton so it can plan improvements.

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