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FAA Awards $264 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 95 Airports in 31 States

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is awarding $264 million in its latest announcement of infrastructure grants, split among 95 airports in 31 states as part of its Airport Improvement Program.

Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said the funding "helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements. This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities."

capitol0816.jpgThe airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting and markings, which the FAA said helps create thousands of jobs.

The program also affects many state departments of transportation, which may either directly operate commercial and general aviation facilities or provide support to runway and terminal projects.

So far this year, the FAA said it has announced more than 1,660 new grants to nearly 1,360 airport projects for a total of about $3 billion. Those include 681 runway projects and 588 taxiway projects, which the agency said "are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation's system of airports."

Under the AIP program, airports are entitled to a certain level of federal funds each year based on passenger volume. And if their capital project needs exceed available entitlement funds the FAA can supplement their allotments with discretionary grants.

In this latest round, the FAA said it was disbursing $116 million in formula-based funds and $148 million in discretionary awards for a range of projects.

That includes $25 million to the Memphis (Tenn.) International Airport to build an airplane de-icing pad with related facilities.

Yeager Airport in Charleston, W. Va., is drawing $13.5 million to improve a runway safety area.

Cleveland‐Hopkins International in Ohio will put $21 million in FAA funds to work building a runway and taxiway.

And Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., is using $1.26 million in entitlement funds to acquire snow removal Equipment.

Here is the complete list of project awards.

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