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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 New England Construction area include:
  • Tweed-New Haven Airport in Connecticut received two grants for $2.7 million and $782,000. The grants will fund the updates to an airport master place study and noise mitigation measures.
  • Auburn/Lewiston Municipal Airport in Maine received three grants for $4.1 million, $417,000 and $3.2 million. The grants will fund the rehabilitation of a runway and the reconstruction of another runway.
  • Portland International Jetport in Maine received a grant for $6.8 million. The grant will fund the expansion of two aprons.
  • Presque Isle International Airport in Maine received two grants for $5.8 million and $1.1 million. The grants will fund the rehabilitation of an apron and the acquirement of snow removal equipment.
  • Fitchburg Municipal Airport in Massachusetts received a grant for $13.8 million. The grant will fund the extension of a runway, reconstruction of another runway and rehabilitation of a taxiway.
  • General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport in Massachusetts received two grants for $4.4 million and $3.1 million. The grants will fund the rehabilitation of an apron and VALE infrastructure.
  • Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Massachusetts received three grants for $6.8 million, $42,000 and $75,000. The grant will fund the reconstruction of a runway.
  • Chatham Municipal Airport in Massachusetts received a grant for $3 million. The grant will fund the reconstruction of two taxiways.
  • Provincetown Municipal Airport in Massachusetts received three grants for $330,000, $2 million and $62,000. The grants will fund the installation of perimeter fencing, construction of two taxiways and environmental mitigation.
  • Manchester Airport in New Hampshire received four grants for $2.3 million, $1.4 million, $135,000 and $694,000. The grants will fund the acquirement of snow removal equipment, rehabilitation of two taxiways and acquirement of safety and/or security equipment.
  • Portsmouth International Airport at Pease in New Hampshire received two grants for $13.4 million and $130,000. The grants will fund the reconstruction of a runway.
  • Burlington International Airport in Vermont received three grants for $1 million, $15.9 million and $110,000. The grants will fund the rehabilitation of an apron and ther reconstruction of two taxiways.
  • Morrisville-Stowe State Airport in Vermont received two grants for $1.5 million and $54,000. The grants will fund the extension of a runway and the acquirement of easement for approaches.

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