Sat, Oct 30, 2004
The federal government
will spend $20.5 million to fund repairs at 71 airports along the
Eastern seaboard that were damaged by hurricanes Charley, Frances,
Ivan and Jeanne, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
"The damage done by this year's hurricanes reminds us how much
we rely on our airports and how important they are to the nation's
economy and quality of life," said Secretary Mineta. "These grants
will help restore our airports to their conditions before the
hurricanes found them."
The funds will be distributed to airports in Alabama, Florida,
Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
and Puerto Rico.
Congress recently passed the Emergency Supplemental
Appropriations for Hurricane Disaster Assistance Act. On October
15, after the measure's passage, the U.S. Department of
Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent a
letter to airport owners and operators in areas most affected by
the hurricanes to make them aware of the funds and the grant
application deadline of October 25. The funding will pay for a
range of projects, including repair or replacement of terminal
buildings, hangars, and security lighting.
"We are delivering on President Bush's commitment to assist
hurricane-affected states in every way possible to get these
airports back to normal," said FAA Administrator Marion C.
An additional 14 airports will receive another $4.1 million in
emergency funding within the next few weeks.
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