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Press Release - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $12.3 Million in Infrastructure Grants to Five Airports in New York

WASHINGTON U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that theFederal Aviation Administration(FAA) will award $478 million in airport infrastructure grants, the fourth allotment of the total $3.18 billion inAirport Improvement Program(AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

"This significant investment in airport improvements in New York will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The following airports will receive grants:

  • Ithaca Tompkins Regional, $720,447 grant funds the purchase of snow removal equipment.
  • Randall in Middletown, $50,597 grant funds reconstruction of runway lighting.
  • Potsdam Municipal/Damon Field, $170,779 grant funds the acquisition of approximately 40 acres of land in the approach path to Runway 24.
  • Greater Rochester International, $5,846,045 grant funds the rehabilitation of more than 6,000 feet of Runway 4/22, reconstruction of the runway lighting system and replacement of approximately two dozen airfield guidance signs.
  • Watertown International, $5,489,082 grant funds the construction of an aircraft rescue and firefighting facility and an environmental assessment for the removal of trees located off airport property.

The FAA will award grants to 232 airports in 43 states, including American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals.The construction and equipment supported by these grants will enhance safety and capacity while promoting economic growth in the regions served by each airport.

Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports our economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAAs most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.Under Secretary Chaos leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments for the American people, who depend on reliable infrastructure.

Airports can receive 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.