FAA announces over $2.5 million in Recovery Act fund for airport projects

September 29th, 2010 - 12:07 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday announced that three additional airport projects have been selected for funding, paid for with more than $2.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars.

Earlier in the month, the FAA announced that five other airport projects would receive $9 million in Recovery Act funding that became available thanks to low bids and under-budget airport projects.

“With these additional Recovery Act dollars, we can provide a bigger boost to economic growth while we modernize more of our nation’s airports,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

“We are thrilled that we have been able to stretch Recovery Act dollars to meet the needs of more airports. These projects will improve airport operations and help our airspace system to run more efficiently,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

The Municipal Airport in Lawrence, Massachusetts will be receiving a $1.2 million grant that will fund several pavement rehabilitation projects on airport taxiways and aircraft parking aprons.

A $1 million ARRA grant will fund the ongoing construction and paving of the new international terminal apron at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

And the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California will be granted $379,000 to grant to allow the airport to complete the second phase of its terminal rehabilitation and replace the terminal building roof.

Under the Recovery Act, more than $1.3 billion has been made available nationwide for both airport improvement projects and air traffic control facility and system upgrades.

Because of low construction bids for projects, more Recovery Act dollars were available for additional facilities, equipment and airport projects. These grants have been distributed to airports that serve commercial passengers, cargo and general aviation.

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