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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced last week that the Federal Aviation Administration will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding for airports across the United States.

“This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao in a news release.

The Idaho grants, totaling $6.3 million, include awards of:

n $153,662 to Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport to install perimeter fencing.

n $4.6 million to Arbon Valley/Pocatello Regional Airport for taxiway and apron repair, to repair runway lighting and to install airport beacons.

n $353,114 to Bonners Ferry/Boundary County Airport to conduct an environmental study, purchase snow removal equipment and construct a snow removal building.

n $1.1 million to Hailey Friedman Memorial Airport to remove obstructions, install perimeter fencing and acquire aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment and snow removal equipment.

There will be a total of 358 grants to 327 airports around the country in 46 states and the Pacific Islands. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increases the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region.

Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports our economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments for the American people, who depend on reliable infrastructure.

Airports can receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.

Visit www.faa.gov/airports/aip/grantapportion_data for a complete listing of grants.

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