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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 Rocky Mountain Construction area include:
  • Glendale Municipal Airport in Arizona received a grant for $9 million. The grant will fund the acquirement of land for approaches.
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona received two grants for $8.1 million and $1.3 million. The grants will fund the reconstruction of a taxiway and the construction of a building.
  • Phoenix Deer Valley Airport in Arizona received two grants for $14.6 million and $2.6 million. The grants will fund the construction of a taxiway and the reconstruction of another taxiway.
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona received three grants for $3.7 million, $21.4 million and $542,000. The grants will fund the reconstruction of two aprons and VALE infrastructure.
  • Tucson International Airport in Arizona received three grants for $10.9 million, $2.1 million and $9.1 million. The grants will fund the reconstruction of a taxiway, rehabilitation of a taxiway and reconstruction of a runway.
  • Denver International Airport in Colorado received four grants for $15.7 million, $3.2 million, $1.1 million and $269,000. The grants will fund the rehabilitation of a runway and runway lighting, rehabilitation of a taxiway and VALE infrastructure.
  • Durango-La Plata County Airport in Colorado received two grants for $6.9 million and $1.8 million. The grants will fund the reconstruction of a taxiway and rehabilitation of an apron.
  • Eagle County Regional Airport in Colorado received a grant for $5.6 million. The grant will fund the construction of a de-icing pad with associated facilities.
  • McCarran International Airport in Nevada received two grants for $9.6 million and $4.3 million. The grants will fund the reconstruction of two aprons and VALE infrastructure.
  • Dona Ana County International Jetport in New Mexico received a grant for $4.9 million. The grant will fund the reconstruction of a runway.
  • Cedar City Regional Airport in Utah received a grant for $16.3 million. The grant will fund the reconstruction of a runway.
  • Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah received three grants for $3.6 million, $10.8 million and $7.7 million. The grant will fund the rehabilitation of a taxiway and taxiway lighting and the construction of two aprons.
  • Casper/Natrona County International Airport in Wyoming received a grant for $7.4 million. The grant will fund the rehabilitation of an apron.
  • Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport in Wyoming received a grant for $5.1 million. The grant will fund the installation of miscellaneous NAVAIDS, reconstruction of a taxiway and rehabilitation of a taxiway and taxiway lighting.

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