WAYNE – Two more Nebraska airports will benefit from recent grant funding after the U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced $1.3 million in infrastructure grants.
According to a release from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the group will award a total of $495 million in airport infrastructure grants. This is the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.
Grant awards in Nebraska will be issued to the Wayne Municipal/Stan Morris Field in Wayne and Western Nebraska Regional/William B. Heilig Field in Scottsbluff.
This significant investment in airport improvements in Nebraska will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation.
The Wayne airport will receive $475,000 to be used for construction of a taxiway and installation of taxiway lighting as the Scottsbluff airport will use their $862,000 in grant funds to rehabilitate their runway and taxiway.
Other Nebraska airports who were announced to receive funds on June 5 were: Ainsworth Regional, Alma Municipal, Stuart-Atkinson Municipal (Atkinson), Farington Field (Auburn), Columbus Municipal, Cozad Municipal, Brenner Field (Falls City), Central Nebraska Regional (Grand Island), Imperial Municipal, LNK (Lincoln), McCook Ben Nelson Regional, Norfolk Regional/Karl Stefan Memorial Field, North Platte Regional Airport Lee Bird Field, Eppley Airfield (Omaha), Millard Airport (Omaha), Seward Municipal, Sidney Municipal/Lloyd W. Carr Field and Tekamah Municipal.
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 as well as the maintenance of taxiways, aprons and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increases the airports safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity which could support further economic growth and development within each airports region.
Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAAs most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.
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.
Click on the link below for a complete listing of grants: https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/grantapportion_data/