Iowa Commission Approves $6.3M in Current-Year Funding for Dozens of Airports
DES MOINES, IA The Iowa Transportation Commission approves nearly $6.3 million for state aviation programs in the budget year for projects at dozens of airports.
The Iowa Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation administers the programs under two major funding categories. They supplement local and federal funding sources, and are intended to help maintain a safe and effective air transportation system.
The commission approved $4 million through the Airport Improvement Program to assist aviation safety, planning and airport development projects at 24 airports across the state. That program is funded with revenue from aircraft registration fees and aviation fuel taxes.
Projects that may be AIP funded cover a wide range of needs. They include runway, taxiway and apron development, navigational aids, maintenance of aviation weather systems, runway marking, emergency operational repairs (at publicly owned airports), funding match for federal planning studies, and wildlife mitigation at airports.
Separately, the Aviation Office's vertical infrastructure program will provide $2.25 million to nine general aviation airports and eight commercial service airports. It will help pay for maintenance and development of airport facilities such as terminal buildings, maintenance facilities and hangars. That program is funded from aircraft registration fees, aviation fuel taxes and a Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund.