Six Alaska airports will benefit from a federal infrastructure grant.

The $21.7 million grant will go towards 17 projects across the state, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grants are awarded each year based on airport activity and project needs.

The airports that will receive the grant money are Ted Stevens Anchorage International, Holy Cross, Nuiqsuit, Palmer, Valdez and White Mountain.

The grant will fund work on infrastructure projects upgrading runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals.

"This grant is a down payment to ensure Alaska remains an economic engine as demand grows," said U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

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