Sep 01 2020

Shelby Announces $10.1 Million for Improvements to Airports in Alabama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that four airports across the state of Alabama will receive a total of $10,109,066 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants for improvements to airport infrastructure.  The grant funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), has been made available through annual appropriations measures, as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020.
“I am pleased to announce that the FAA is awarding over $10 million to four Alabama airports for infrastructure improvements,” said Senator Shelby. “This funding is significant for the state and will increase economic development opportunities in these communities as well as improve safety at these airports.”
The FAA grants are administered through Fiscal Year 2020 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) annual and supplemental awards.  Additionally, funds provided through the CARES Act serve as the local match for the infrastructure grants. 
A total of five grants were awarded in Alabama, amounting to $10,109,066 for the following airport projects:
  • Auburn University Regional Airport, Auburn, Alabama – $656,477 to rehabilitate a runway
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International, Birmingham, Alabama – $2,680,614 to rehabilitate both a runway and a taxiway
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International, Birmingham, Alabama – $407,640 to acquire land for noise compatibility
  • Jack Edwards National, Gulf Shores, Alabama – $6,135,367 to construct a contract tower
  • Montgomery Regional (Dannelly Field), Montgomery, Alabama – $228,968 to update the airport master plan or study