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USDOT Announces $157M in Infrastructure Grants to 34 Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

“Infrastructure projects funded by these grants will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” Chao said.

Projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, noise mitigation, emissions reduction and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region.

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 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 Chao’s 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.

Some of the grant awards in the California Builder & Engineer area include:
  • Buchanan Field Airport in California received a grant for $5.3 million. The grant will fund the rehabilitation of a runway and runway lighting.
  • Hollister Municipal Airport in California received a grant for $5.2 million. The grant will fund the construction of three taxiways.
  • Brackett Field Airport in California received a grant for $12.9 million. The grant will fund the reconstruction of two aprons.
  • Long Beach/Daugherty Field Airport in California received a grant for $24.1 million. The grant will fund the reconstruction of a taxiway.
  • Los Angeles International Airport in California received three grants for $35.6 million, $4.4 million and $2.4 million. The grants will fund the construction of a taxiway, noise mitigation measures and improvements for miscellaneous items.
  • Monterey Regional Airport in California received two grants for $6.8 million and $7.8 million. The grants will fund the improvements to a runway safety area and the acquirement of land for development.
  • Ontario International Airport in California received two grants for $7.9 million and $900,000. The grants will fund the installation of runway lighting, rehabilitation of a taxiway and an update to the airport master plan study.
  • Palm Springs International Airport in California received two grants for $9.4 million and $81,000. The grants will fund the acquirement of an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, improvements to a terminal building, modification of a terminal building and to conduct a miscellaneous study.
  • Sacramento International Airport in California received a grant for $27.4 million. The grant will fund the rehabilitation of a runway.
  • San Diego International Airport in California received three grants for $8.9 million, $14.6 million and $1.4 million. The grants will fund the rehabilitation of a taxiway, noise mitigation measures and a zero emissions vehicle/infrastructure.
  • San Francisco International Airport in California received three grants for $10.2 million, $6.4 million and $7.1 million. The grants will fund the reconstruction of a runway, improvements for miscellaneous items and noise mitigation measures.
  • Van Nuys Airport in California received a grant for $10 million. The grant will fund the reconstruction of a taxiway.
  • Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole in Hawaii received a grant for $7.5 million. The grant will fund the extension of a taxiway.
  • Lanai Airport in Hawaii received a grant for $11.3 million. The grant will fund the rehabilitation of an apron, runway and taxiway.

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