USDOT awards grants to improve airport infrastructure

1 August 2019 (Last Updated August 1st, 2019 11:49)

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded $478m in airport infrastructure grants to upgrade 232 airports in 43 states.

USDOT awards grants to improve airport infrastructure
US DoT awards $478m for the modernisation of 232 airports across the country. Credit: Olya Sanakoev.

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded $478m in airport infrastructure grants to upgrade 232 airports in 43 states.

The grants also extend to airports in American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

This is the fourth allocation of the total $3.18bn in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the US.

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

Chao added that airport infrastructure in the US supports the country’s economic competitiveness and improves quality of life.

Selected airports will use the funds for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of runways, to build firefighting facilities, and for the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals.

The funds will also be used to improve safety and emergency response capabilities, as well as to increase capacity and promote further economic growth and development in the areas surrounding the airports.

Airports receiving the grants include Casper/Natrona County International Airport in Wyoming, which will be awarded $7.3m to perform apron repairs.

Gerald Ford International Airport in Michigan will also receive $11.1m for the same reason.

Juneau International Airport in Alaska has obtained $18.9m in grants to repair taxiways A and E, construct taxiway D1, and to acquire an emergency generator for harsh weather conditions.

Los Angeles International Airport in California has been awarded $2.4m to install sound insulation noise mitigation measures for local residents.

The FAA’s most recent economic analysis suggests that US civil aviation makes up for $1.6tn in total economic activity and supports approximately 11 million jobs.

In July, the USDOT awarded $477m in airport infrastructure grants to upgrade 264 airports in 44 states, the Pacific Islands, and the District of Columbia.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently confirmed plans to award grants worth $840m for infrastructure projects at several airports across the US.

In May, the US Government approved a $779m funding package to modernise 127 airports in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico.