FAA - Federal Aviation Administration

07/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/09/2019 09:23

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $23.5 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 15 Airports in Montana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $477 million in airport infrastructure grants, the third allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

'This significant investment in airport improvements in Montana will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,' said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Montana grants include awards of:

$9,208,268 to Missoula International Airport to construct a terminal building.

$5,770,739 to the Glacier Park International Airport to expand the terminal building, expand the apron, make improvements to the existing terminal building and purchase an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle.

$2,949,307 to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport to purchase snow-removal equipment, repair an apron and make improvements to the terminal building.

$1,640,877 to Great Falls International Airport for runway repairs, improve the runway safety area, expand the snow-removal equipment building and install runway sensors.

$1,017,825 to Billings Logan International Airport to purchase an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and expand the terminal building.

$786,000 to the Sidney-Richland Regional Airport in Sidney to repair a runway, taxiway and apron; remove obstructions; install perimeter fencing; and install a runway vertical/visual guidance system.

$600,000 to Bert Mooney Airport in Butte to repair the apron, runway and taxiway.

$300,000 to Bowman Field Airport in Anaconda for runway and taxiway repairs.

$255,384 toDeer Lodge-City-CountyAirport to repair the runway, taxiway and apron.

$225,000 to the Roundup Airport to repair the runway, taxiway and apron, build a new taxiway, and install navigational aids.

$219,330 to the Terry Airport to repair the runway, taxiway and apron.

$171,548 toSher-Wood Airportin Plentywood to purchase snow-removal equipment, install navigational aids, and install a runway vertical/visual guidance system.

$158,000 to the Jordan Airport to repair the runway, taxiway and apron.

$150,000 to Mission Field Airport in Livingston to widen a taxiway.

$98,666 to the Big Horn County Airport in Hardin to purchase snow-removal equipment.

There will be a total of 276 grants to 264 airports in 44 states, the Pacific Islands, and the District of Columbia. 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.