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Press Release - U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $151.1 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 66 Airports in 35 States

WASHINGTON U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $151.1 million in airport infrastructure grants to 66 airports in 35 states across the United States as part of the FAAs Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements, said Secretary Chao. This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.

The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings, all of which help to create thousands of jobs.

To date this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than1,500 new grants to nearly 1,300 airports for a total of $2.5 billion. These grants will provide funds for 620 runway projects and 533 taxiway projects that are important to safety and efficiency of the nation's system of airports.

Airports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP funding each year, based on passenger volume. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, then the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.

Those airports receiving discretionary grants are listed here, while the entitlement grant recipients can be found on our website.

Bob Baker Memorial Airport in Kiana AK, $5.9 million funds will be used to expand the existing apron and extend Runway06/24 by 600 feet.

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport in Ithaca, NY, $1.4 million funds will be used to repair the apron where the aircraft park.

Range Regional Airport in Hibbing, MN, $3.5 million the grant will be used to repair TaxiwayC and replace the taxiway lighting.

Hillsboro Municipal Airport in Hillsboro, ND $4.3 million funds will be used to repair Runway16/34.

Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, SD, $8.3 million funds will be used to repair Runway03/21.

Portland International Jetport in Portland, ME, $1.3 million funds will be used to improve the airports energy efficiency by installing equipment such as solar panels.

Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, NC, $5 million grant funds will be used to repair Runway17/35.

Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, LA, $4.7 million funds will be used to repair Runway15/33.

San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio, TX, $5.6 million grant funds will be used to repair Taxiway R.

Guam International Airport in Tamuning, GU, $3.5 million funds will be used to construct an aircraft rescue and firefighting building.

Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, CA, $7.3 million grant funds will be used to repair Runway 17/35.

Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City, AZ, $8.2 million funds will be used to reconstruct multiple aircraft parking aprons.

Scottsdale Airport in Scottsdale, AZ, $3.9 million grant funds will be used to repair TaxiwayA.

Arcata Airport in Arcata, CA, $5.9 million grant funds will be used to construct an aircraft rescue and firefighting building.

The grants will ensure the projects at these airports are either under construction or completed prior to the onset of the winter season.

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