Virginia airports receive federal funding for improvement projects

20 September 2019 (Last Updated September 20th, 2019 10:56)

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a federal funding of $23.2m to 11 Virginia airports to execute infrastructure improvement projects.

Virginia airports receive federal funding for improvement projects
Richmond International Airport. Credit: Bill Dickinson

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded federal funding of $23.2m to 11 Virginia airports to execute infrastructure improvement projects.

Senators Mark R Warner and Tim Kaine made the announcement.

Richmond International Airport received the highest portion of funding ($8.73m), which will go towards taxiway construction.

The Manassas Regional Airport / Harry P Davis Field will receive $3.5m for the construction of taxiway and runway rehabilitation.

Norfolk International Airport will also receive approximately $3.6m to purchase land for approaches and installation of airfield guidance signs, as well as improved taxiway lights.

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport will receive $300,000 for its taxiway and security equipment.

A total of $854,786 has been granted to Washington Dulles International Airport to support Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) infrastructure, while Leesburg Executive Airport will also be given $205,000 to build an apron.

The senators said: “We’re excited to announce that these federal dollars will benefit 11 Virginia airports.

“We look forward to seeing how these grants will help improve safety and increase efficiency at airports all across the Commonwealth.”

Funding was awarded as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which is responsible for the improvement of infrastructure at airports across the nation.

In July, US DOT Transportation also awarded $478m in airport infrastructure grants to 232 airports in 43 states, including American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico.

It was the fourth grant from the department as a part of the total $3.18bn in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the US.