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FAA Awards $1.187B in Grants to US Airports

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced late last week that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $1.187 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants.

The total includes $731 million in the Airport Improvement Program and $455 million in Supplemental Discretionary program, that have been divvied to 439 airports.

According to the Department, the money is available for 100% of the eligible costs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Grants

“This Federal investment of over $1 billion represents the Department’s continued commitment to the safety and efficiency of our nation’s airports for the traveling public,” said Chao.

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced late last week that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $1.187 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants.

The grants aim to fund a wide variety of projects including but not limited to purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies, and installing airport perimeter fencing.

The top 10 states that received the most funding in combined grants include:

  1. Alaska - $102,113,233
  2. Texas - $97,988,820
  3. Hawaii - $90,379,858
  4. California - $74,237,958
  5. Alabama - $60,999,054
  6. Michigan - $56,645,378
  7. Florida - $54,166,854
  8. Tennessee - $46,378,201
  9. Georgia - $42,568,734
  10. Washington - $39,783,566

The FAA has provided a complete list of fund disbursements along with an interactive map of the projects that are receiving grants.

Notable Funding

Some notable projects that are on the list to receive funds include the Denver International Airport and the Kansas City International Airport.

The Denver International Airport is receiving $13,333,333 in funds to construct a new taxiway. The airport is currently undergoing a $1.8 billion renovation that has been derailed by a multi-million-dollar contract dispute and settlement.

Currently, the first phase of the work is slated to be complete in 2021, with the project’s full completion date looking like 2024.

The Kansas City International Airport is receiving $2,770,000 for the reconstruction of runway lighting as that airport is in the middle of a $1.5 billion terminal project.

Despite being marred by a contentious bidding process early on in the project, officials reported in mid-November that work was running on budget and ahead of schedule.

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Business matters; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Government; Grants; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects

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