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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded more than $845 million in grants for projects that will mitigate environmental impacts, increase accessibility, and expand capacity at airports across the United States.
The funding from the fourth round of FY 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants will pay for projects at 388 airports in 49 states plus the District of Columbia.
“We don’t want to just build our airports back to the way things were before the pandemic. We want our airports to be better than ever–accessible to all, delivering maximum benefit to their communities, and helping directly and indirectly create jobs for millions of Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Today’s grants include:
Savannah International, Savannah, Ga.: $11.6 million to expand the apron area where aircraft park. This project will support cargo operations that will create permanent jobs and aid the local economy.
Thief River Falls Regional, Thief River Falls, Minn.: $7.4 million part of which is to build a new cargo apron to support a new cargo hangar that will accommodate a 20 percent increase in cargo operations by 2025. The increased operations will create permanent jobs and boost the economy.
Tucson International, Tucson, Ariz.: $22.4 million to reconfigure Runway 11R/29L to support the airport’s safety enhancement program. The safety enhancement program will enhance airfield safety by reducing potential runway incursions.
New Regional Airport, Pella, Iowa: $3.2 million to build a new airport to replace Pella Municipal and Oskaloosa Municipal airports. The existing airports are unable to meet current or forecasted aviation needs for the communities they serve. The replacement airport will meet the current and future aviation needs while creating jobs and helping the local economy.
Franklin County State Airport, Swanton, Vt.: $650,000 to replace Runway 1/19 pavement to ensure the continued safe operation of the airport.
Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, Pa.: $18 million to shift Taxiway P from its current airfield location from the existing 400 feet to 500 feet from Runway 9L-27R to meet FAA design standards. This project is a key infrastructure investment project that repairs existing taxiway pavement and upgrades it to meet FAA standards.
Lehigh Valley International Airport, Allentown, Pa: $12.6 million to rehabilitate and construct a taxiway. This project rehabilitates Runway 6/24 and shifts Taxiway G to meet FAA design standards. This project is expected to support increased cargo operations at an accompanying cargo facility, which will generate permanent jobs in the local economy.