$9 million in federal grants awarded for rural airport improvements

$9 million in federal grants awarded for rural airport improvements

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is from the U.S. Department of Transportation:

“The U.S. Department of Transportation announced three rural Nebraska airports will receive over $9 million in federal grants through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).  The supplemental discretionary grants will provide funding for runway rehabilitation and other improvements at Thomas County Airport in Thedford, Gordon Municipal Airport, and Red Cloud Municipal Airport.

The three projects were among 33 submitted by Nebraska for “priority consideration,” meeting the intent of federal legislation that funding go to airports serving the needs of rural America.  The projects include submissions from Nebraska airports as well as projects from the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) Airport Capital Improvement Plan and reflect the FAA’s emphasis in supporting rural airports.  Of the 33 projects, these three were identified as a significant need for the state and determined to provide substantial value.

Nebraska’s grants were part of $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals.  The construction and equipment supported by this funding increase the airports’ safety, capacity, and security.”