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Airports secure US$586m in grants

The US Department of Transportation has announced US$586m in airport infrastructure grants.

Elaine Chao Above: Elaine Chao

“These airport investments will create jobs in local communities, upgrade reliability and further improve safety of air travel for the flying public,” said transportation secretary Elaine Chao.

This fifth round of funding provides 217 grants to 181 airports in 39 states; it will fund 458 infrastructure projects including include runways, taxiways, aprons, terminals and firefighting training facilities.

Among the grant awards announced are:

  • Kenai Municipal Airport in Kenai, AK, US$10.6m to fund the upgrade of the terminal building;
  • Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago, IL, US$12.6m – for repairs to multiple taxiway lighting systems and the runway lighting system and guard lights and to reconstruct 30,400 square yards of apron pavements;
  • Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport in Louisville, KY, US$21.9m- for multiple projects to include repairs to runway and taxiway pavements and lighting systems, aprons and concrete shoulders, and airfield guidance sign fixtures.
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in New Orleans, LA, US$20.3m - to expand the existing terminal apron to 54,675 square yards;
  • Shreveport Regional Airport in Shreveport, LA, US$9.1m – to fund the final construction phase to extend Runway 6/24 by 800 feet to meet the operational needs of the airport;
  • Valley International Airport in Harlingen, TX, US$7.6m – to reconstruct 77,000 square yards of the general aviation apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.


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This article was published on 14 Sep 2018 (last updated on 14 Sep 2018).

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