The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded grants worth more than $90m to improve infrastructure at six airports in the country.
The airports to be upgraded are located in Alabama, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee and Wyoming, and have recently received FAA grants under the airport improvement programme (AIP).
US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said: “A safe and efficient air transportation system for the travelling public requires building and maintaining the airport infrastructure at our nation’s airports.
“When we fund critical projects like these, we’re making an important investment in our future while also creating jobs and supporting local economies across the country.”
Of the total grant, Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority has received $9.6m to improve Huntsville International Airport-Carl T. Jones Field.
The grant will be used to construct a new parallel taxiway at the airport, with plans for completion by August 2017.
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Kansas City International Airport has received $19m to revamp its existing Taxiway B, which is around 9,000ft-long.
The $13.5m grant, received by Bismarck Municipal Airport, will be used to finance the first phase of a project to reconstruct a portion of Runway 13/31.
Portland International Airport will use its $11.6m grant to reconstruct its Taxiway B Center, including its exits, holding bay areas, and the intersection at Taxiway B and M.
The $27.9m grant, received by the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, will be used for the third phase of a project to reconstruct Runway 5L-23R at McGhee Tyson Airport.
In addition, Jackson Hole Airport has received an $8.6m fund to repair its commercial service apron.