Seventeen airports in Arizona are in line to receive around $21 million in funding from Washington for a variety of construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance projects.
The Arizona funding is part of a significantly larger $840 million in airport infrastructure grants that have been announced by the Federal Aviation Administration, which operates within the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In a statement, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao noted that the latest round of federal airport grants “will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation.”
Among the most significant Arizona awards is $6.5 million for taxiway reconstruction at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and $3.7 million for the reconstruction of an aircraft apron at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The Window Rock Airport is also receiving $3 million for a runway reconstruction project.
In Colorado, twenty airports will be receiving more than $17 million for a wide array of projects, including $3.5 million that will help pay for the rehabilitation of a runway at the Denver International Airport.
The Durango-LaPlata Airport is getting $6.8 million to fund the reconstruction of a taxiway; while the Front Range Airport will receive $1.5 million for a runway rehabilitation project.
Sixteen airports in New Mexico are in line to receive nearly $14 million in funding that includes around $5 million for reconstructing 8,500 feet of an existing runway at the Dona Ana County International Jetport in Santa Teresa.
Both the Farmington-based Four Corners Regional Airport as well as the Lea County Regional Airport in Hobbs are receiving a combined nearly $5.4 million in funding for runway improvement work.
By Garry Boulard
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