AASHTO Journal

FAA Issues $185.8M in Latest Round of Airport Improvement Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration, in the latest in a series of recent grant announcements, said it will award $185.8 million in infrastructure improvement project funding to 62 airports in 32 states.

"The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

capitol0816.jpgAirports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP funding each year, based on passenger volume. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, then the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.

Such grants can affect numerous state departments of transportation, since many of those agencies oversee improvements at airports in their borders while some also directly own and operate airports.

The latest announcement follows earlier ones the FAA made during July that totaled $980 million in AIP grants, for a total of nearly $1.166 billion.

In the latest round, the FAA awarded almost $53 million in volume-based formula funds, and nearly $133 million in discretionary grants to 25 airports. Here is the complete list of projects and grants.

The largest discretionary award was $20 million to the Los Angeles International Airport, in a noise-mitigation effort "to sound-insulate homes near the airport," the FAA said.

Other sizable discretionary grants included $10.1 million to the Kearney (Neb.) Regional Airport to reconstruct Runway 18/36 and each end of the parallel taxiway; $11.9 million to the Burlington (Vt.) International Airport to relocate Taxiway G to meet FAA design standards; and $10.1 million to repair Runway 4/22 at the Tyler (Texas) Pounds Regional Airport.

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