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July 12, 2019 12:00 PM, EDT

USDOT Announces $477 Million in Grants to Airports

Planes at Chicago Rockford International Airport Chicago Rockford International Airport

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Grants totaling $477 million will be used to assist with repairs and expansions at 264 airports, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced July 10.

The grants stem from the Federal Aviation Administration’s airport improvement program.

Recipients across 44 states include Des Moines International Airport, which received $4.77 million to rebuild a taxiway, and Chicago/Rockford International Airport, which received $11.3 million for runway and taxiway rehabilitation.

To build a taxiway, MBS International in Saginaw, Mich., will receive $4.65 million, and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will receive more than $9.7 million to build a taxiway, make improvements to the runway safety area and install taxiway lighting, according to DOT.

Stephen Dickson

Dickson

In a statement, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said: “Infrastructure projects funded by these grants will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities.”

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in economic activity with nearly 11 million jobs. A U.S. Senate committee recently approved the nomination of Stephen Dickson to lead FAA. The nomination awaits a vote before the full Senate.