Sep 30 2021

Shelby: FAA Grants Alabama $4.5 Million for Airport Infrastructure Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that three local airports in Alabama will benefit from more than $4.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants.  The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for various airport improvements to support infrastructure construction and safety advances.

 

“I am proud that Alabama is receiving federal funding that will bring significant improvements to these three local airports around the state,” said Senator Shelby.  “This $4.5 million in FAA grants will allow for infrastructure advancements that will help promote economic development and benefit our aviation industry for years to come.”

 

Each of these FAA grants are administered through the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which was funded in the FY21 annual appropriations package that was signed into law in December 2020.

 

The seven grants were awarded to three local airports in Alabama, amounting to $4,505,710 for the following airport projects:

 

  • South Alabama Regional Airport-Bill Benton Field, Andalusia, Alabama – $2,100,000 to construct, extend, and improve a safety area
  • Jeremiah Denton Airport, Dauphin Island, Alabama – $1,350,000 for phase I of a project to construct, extend, and improve a safety area
  • Jeremiah Denton Airport, Dauphin Island, Alabama – $450,000 for phase II of a project to construct, extend, and improve a safety area
  • Thomas C Russell Field Airport, Alexander City, Alabama – $420,930 to reconstruct runway lighting
  • Thomas C Russell Field Airport, Alexander City, Alabama – $120,780 to install taxiway lighting
  • Thomas C Russell Field Airport, Alexander City, Alabama – $45,000 to install a runway vertical and visual guidance system
  • Thomas C Russell Field Airport, Alexander City, Alabama – $19,000 to install miscellaneous navigational aid systems

 

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