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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $677M in Infrastructure Grants to 214 Airports
July 1, 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $677 million in airport infrastructure grants, the first allotment of the total $3.2 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.
The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminals. These projects are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation's system of airports.
"These Airport Improvement Program grants will enhance airport safety, modernize our aviation infrastructure and strengthen the economic vitality of communities throughout the country," said Secretary Chao.
The U.S. infrastructure, and especially its 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways as an essential piece, moves the country's competitiveness and improves the traveling public's quality of life. According to the FAA's most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. Under the Secretary's leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments to strengthen the safety and efficiency of America's airports.
Airports can get a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.
Among the area grants awards announced are:Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers in Arkansas, $13.6 million – funds will be used to repair a taxiway.Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport in Mena, Arkansas, $3.5 million – funds will be used to repair a taxiwaySpringdale Municipal Airport Springdale, Arkansas, $2.9 million– funds will be used to repair a taxiway and reconstruct runway lightingStuttgart Municipal Carl Humphrey Field in Stuttgart, Arkansas, $750,000 – funds will be used to repair a taxiwayBaton Rouge Metropolitan, Ryan Field, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, $4 million - improve runway safety areaOkolona Municipal-Richard Stovall Field in Okolona, Mississippi, $100,977 - expansion of apron, removal of obstructionsUniversity-Oxford Airport, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, $165,719 - apron reconstructionPhiladelphia Municipal Airport, Philadelphia, Mississippi, $230,400 - install perimeter fencing and rehabilitate apronPicayune Municipal Airport, Picayune, Mississippi, $629,550 - to construct taxiway and install lighting.Ripley Airport, City of Ripley and County of Tippah, Mississippi, $294,107 - install perimeter fencingVicksburg Municipal Airport, Vicksburg, Mississippi,, $371,052 - improve airport drainageMcCharen Field, City of West Point, Mississippi, $358,380 - expand apron and improve airport drainageDean Griffin Memorial Airport, Wiggins-Stone County Airport Board, Mississippi, $71,901 - rehabilitate runway and taxiwayYazoo County Airport, County of Yazoo, Mississippi, $150,000 - construct fuel farmStillwater Regional Airport, Stillwater, Oklahoma, $2.5 million - reconstruct runway lighting and rehabilitate runway.