The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released details of several US airports that will receive grants as part of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
The announcements, which were made by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, included:
- $4.8 million will be granted to James M Cox Dayton International Airport, Ohio, (pictured) to expand the apron area around the terminal. This includes the removal of the Concourse D building. The project is scheduled to be complete by late 2013.
- $10 million will contribute towards the extension of two runways to 11,000ft (3,353m) at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Texas. Completion is expected in 2016.
- Indianapolis International Airport, Indiana, will receive a grant for $3.2 million. This will help to pay for the construction of a storm water/de-icing system.
- Florida’s Orlando International Airport has been granted $9.6 million for the rehabilitation of Runway 18R/36L and Taxiway A. The money will also purchase a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle.
- $6.9 million will be put towards rehabilitating Runway 2/20 and Taxiway C at Portland-Hillsboro Airport, Oregon. The work is expected to begin in mid-2013.
- Venice Municipal Airport, Florida, will receive $7.1 million for the reconstruction of Runway 4/22, the improvement of the runway safety area and taxiway construction.
- California’s private Van Nuys Airport will receive a $18.4 million grant to reconstruct and repave its primary 8,000 ft (2,438m)-long runway. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 and will be complete within nine months.
- A $15.5 million federal grant for Ralph Wien Memorial Airport, Alaska, will improve the runway safety areas at either end of Runway 9/27. Work will begin in October and is due to end in late 2014.
The AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital for maintaining the safety, capacity and environmental stewardship for US airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for the grants.