US allocates $273m for airport safety and infrastructure projects

29 July 2020 (Last Updated July 29th, 2020 11:25)

US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced that the US government will provide airport safety and infrastructure grants worth around over $273m.

US allocates $273m for airport safety and infrastructure projects
US Department of Transport headquarters. Credit: Aude.

US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced that the US Government will provide airport safety and infrastructure grants worth more than $273m.

The grants will be provided via the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 41 states and six territories: American Samoa, District of Columbia, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Puerto Rico.

Chao said: “This $273m federal investment in our nation’s airports will strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs, and benefit local communities.”

The list of grants and the map of airports that will receive the funds is available on the FAA website.

Of the total grant money, around $242m will be provided from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $31m under the CARES Act grants, which is 100% federal funded.

FAA administrator Stephen Dickson said: “The safety of our nation’s airports is of paramount importance to the FAA. These grants will allow these necessary projects to continue.”

The airports will use the grant funds for different important infrastructure and safety projects.

The projects include the acquisition of aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment and the construction or rehabilitation of runways and taxiways.

The funds will also aid in the repair of runways and taxiways, the installation of aircraft lighting and signage, and the carrying out of airport master plan studies and perimeter fencing.

Earlier this month, Chao announced that the US Government will provide airport safety and infrastructure grants worth around $800m.

This April, FAA announced airport safety and infrastructure grants worth $1.18bn to 439 US airports.

In the same month, on behalf of the US Department of Transport (USDOT), Chao announced an award of $10bn to commercial and general aviation airports under the CARES Act Airport Grant Program.