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FAA Awards $335M in Infrastructure Grants

Monday, September 28, 2020

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Late last week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that the Trump Administration is awarding $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration to 80 airports in 25 states.

“Airport infrastructure projects funded by this $335 million in federal funding will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” said Chao.

The Grants

The funds include $300 million from the Airport Improvement Program and $35 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grants.

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Late last week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that the Trump Administration is awarding $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure rants through the Federal Aviation Administration to 80 airports in 25 states.

“These 61 AIP grants will allow airports around the country to begin and complete projects that are vital to the safe and efficient operation of our nation’s airports,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson.

The grants are to be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety projects, including 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 five awards in this round of funding were:

  1. $39,233,581 – Armstrong New Orleans Airport in New Orleans;
  2. $33,755,838 – McGrath Airport in McGrath, Arkansas;
  3. $31,160,550 – Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tennessee;
  4. $28,534,399 – Jackson Hole Airport in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and
  5. $21,592,418 – Nome Airport in Nome, Arkansas.

Previous Funding

In May, Chao announced that the FAA was 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 was available for 100% of the eligible costs under the CARES Act. The top 10 states that received the most funding in combined from those grants included:

  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; and
  10. Washington - $39,783,566.

In August, $273 million in FAA grants was distributed to 41 states and six territories, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Puerto Rico.

That money also came from the AIP ($242 million) and the CARES Act ($31 million).

And, most recently, Chao announced at the beginning of the month that $1.2 billion in grants was awarded to 405 airports across the 50 states as well as the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

That total included $1 billion from AIP and $152 million from the CARES Act. The top 10 awarded projects in that round included:

  1. Memphis International – Memphis - $64,638,327;
  2. Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International – Hebron, Kentucky - $45,029,120;
  3. Daniel K Inouye International – Honolulu - $43,502,747;
  4. Long Beach / Daugherty Field – Long Beach, California - $27,306,081;
  5. Louisville Muhammad Ali International – Louisville - $24,0933,095;
  6. Phoenix Sky Harbor International – Phoenix - $21,711,714;
  7. City of Colorado Springs Municipal – Colorado Springs - $19,298,147;
  8. Delaware Valley Region – Philadelphia - $18,377,609;
  9. North Carolina State Block Grant Program – Raleigh - $18,316,468; and
  10. San Diego International – San Diego - $18,023,885.

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Department of Transportation (DOT); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Good Technical Practice; Government; Grants; Infrastructure; NA; North America

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