U.S. DOT Awards $17M to Indiana Airports for Upgrades

U.S. DOT Awards $17M to Indiana Airports for Upgrades

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded roughly $17 million to Indiana airports for upgrades and improvements as part of the agency’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

All total, throughout the nation, the DOT distributed $677 million in grants, the first allotment of the total $3.2 billion that airports across the country will be receiving.

“These Airport Improvement Program grants will enhance airport safety, modernize our aviation infrastructure and strengthen the economic vitality of communities throughout the country,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Indiana recipients from this first round of funding include:

  • $2.7 million for Anderson Municipal-Darlington Field, runway improvements and lighting
  • $5.4 million for Fort Wayne International, runway improvements
  • $4.75 million for Gary/Chicago International, runway improvements
  • $2.8 million for Eagle Creek Airpark (Indianapolis), taxiway construction
  • $360,000 for Kokomo Municipal, taxiway improvements
  • $832,500 for Paoli Municipal, runway extension

Airports can get 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.

The U.S. infrastructure, and especially its 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways as an essential piece, moves the country’s competitiveness and improves the traveling public’s 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 the Secretary’s leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments to strengthen the safety and efficiency of America’s airports.

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