Thu, Mar 26, 2009
Economic Recovery Act Continues To Speed Funding For
US Secretary of Transportation Ray
LaHood announced Thursday more than $28 million for Arizona
airports under the recently enacted American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including a $10.5 million grant for runway
rehabilitation at the heavily traveled Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport (PHX).
"This Administration is committed to getting the US economy
going again and these grants are part of making that happen," said
LaHood. "We are creating jobs here in Arizona while investing in
the long-term safety and economic vitality of our airports."
The Federal Aviation Administration grant to Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport will pay for improvements to Taxiway C, a
major taxiway on the airport’s north side. The project
includes replacing asphalt with more durable concrete, as well as
installing new pavement marking, lighting and signs. Phoenix
Sky Harbor served about 40 million passengers last year.
Secretary LaHood said the following Arizona airports will also
receive ARRA funding.
- Tucson International Airport will receive $1.85 million for
installing new security equipment.
- Sierra Vista Municipal Airport in Parker, AZ will receive
$6 million to rehabilitate Runway 12/30.
- Kingman Airport in Kingman, AZ will receive $5 million to
rehabilitate aircraft parking aprons.
- Taylor Municipal Airport in Taylor, AZ will receive $3.5
million to rehabilitate a runway.
- Avi Suquilla Airport in Avi Suquilla, AZwill receive $1.8
million to rehabilitate two taxiways.
About 3,400 airports designated as part of the national airport
system are eligible to receive Recovery Act funds. The FAA is
moving swiftly to work with airport sponsors to ensure that
eligible projects have completed, or nearly completed, design and
Under the Recovery Act, the FAA received $1.1 billion for
qualified airports on a discretionary basis. That funding will be
allocated based on a project priority system that addresses airport
safety and security, infrastructure, runway safety, increased
capacity, and mitigation of environmental impacts.
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