The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $31 million in grants to expand cargo infrastructure at nine airports across the United States. The projects at these airports will help expedite the movement of goods throughout the country.
“Every day, we rely on goods transported through our nation’s airports,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Today’s announcement will make improvements at airports across our country so they can handle cargo more efficiently and help strengthen America’s supply chains.”
“These grants will provide lasting benefits today and well into the future for our economy,” said Deputy FAA Administrator A. Bradley Mims.
The funding includes:
- Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Illinois – $6,799,210: Construct a 4,267-foot Taxiway and connectors to increase access to the south cargo apron.
- Huntsville International Airport-Carl T. Jones Field in Huntsville, Alabama – $5,614,732: Rehabilitate 5,600 square yards of the existing air cargo apron and expand the airport's existing access road an additional 1,450 feet to enhance access.
- Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer, South Carolina – $4,524,530: Rehabilitate existing taxiway and cargo apron pavement throughout the airport.
- Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan – $2,307,210: Rehabilitate 37,400 square yards of existing cargo apron pavement and perform crack repair and joint sealing to 26,800 square yards of deicing apron surface.
- Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport – $8,169,544: Reconstruct the taxilane and rehabilitate the apron at the airport, where the second-most amount of cargo weight traverses through.
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington –$1,926,518: Reconstruct 4,200 square yards existing cargo apron pavement.
- Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport in Toledo, Ohio – $1,071,768: Rehabilitate 27,670 square yards of cargo apron pavement and to design improvements to 16,450 square feet of the taxiway safety area erosion control system.
- Stockton Metropolitan Airport in Stockton, California – $417,036: Fund the design phase to rehabilitate 800 feet of the existing cargo taxilane pavement.
- Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island – $197,310: Design a new 60,000 square-yard cargo apron to accommodate increased use.
The money for these projects comes from the Airport Improvement Program during FY2022. The program pays for a variety of projects including: construction of new and improved airport facilities, repairs to runways and taxiways, maintenance of airfield elements like lighting or signage, and the purchase of equipment needed to operate and maintain airports.