East Hampton AirportPhoto: Meredith Tipping © All Rights Reserved January 12th, 2018
Project type: Airports, Infrastructure and Utilities
Completed: 1937View Project in a Separate Window
The WPA approved funds for the construction of a municipal airport in East Hampton, NY in 1936. Work on the airport began Oct. 1936 and was completed by mid-1937. The project, as reported by Sayville’s Suffolk County News, “will employ more than a hundred men seven months.” Three runways were built as part of the project.
The airport is still in use today.
"Work to Begin on Eastern Long Island Airport As WPA Project"; Suffolk County News [Sayville, NY], Oct. 2, 1936 (page 9).
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 6, 2014.
Additional contributions by Meredith Tipping.
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Do you have any further information on this, i.e. original intended purpose/use of airport?
Unfortunately, this was all we could find on this airport. If in your own research you come across any new information, please do get in touch.
Can you tell me anything about how a project would qualify for the WPA?
LND Project Advisor Harvey Smith relayed the following information: “The purpose of the WPA was to provide jobs, and localities had to submit proposals for projects. Generally there was local sponsorship, but no set percentage for the amount. A good description of the process is provided in the Final Report on the WPA Program, p. 8-9 – https://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/gdc/scd0001/2008/20080212001fi/20080212001fi.pdf.”