Alaska airports receive $45M from feds for improvements
The Federal Aviation Administration is beginning to allocate money to airports across the nation – including five in Alaska – for a variety of improvement projects.
Alaska’s $45.2 million share of the FAA’s initial $3.18 billion nationwide covers work in Anchorage, Juneau, Kiana, King Salmon and Sitka, according to a statement from the FAA.
A spreadsheet breaking down the projects includes $15.4 million for taxiway work at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport amid a $100 million runway revamp, plus an additional $4.4 million for purchasing snow-removal equipment and other improvements. Juneau will receive $4 million for terminal and study work.
In Kiana, $6.5 million will go toward runway and taxiway work, with King Salmon receiving $14.4 million for runway and fencing jobs and Sitka allocated $400,000 to purchase land for an airport expansion.
“These Airport Improvement Program grants will enhance airport safety, modernize our aviation infrastructure and strengthen the economic vitality of communities throughout the country,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in the statement.
FAA officials said Wednesday that the full amount Alaska would receive this year depends on approval of future appropriations.
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