Airports in Anchorage and Soldotna will split tens of millions of dollars in Federal Aviation Administration aid for infrastructure improvements, amid the latest round of funding in an ongoing U.S. Department of Transportation project.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s office announced the $26.6 million in Alaska grants Wednesday, as part of $779 million in supplemental funding nationwide. The overall sum, the most recent disbursement from the federal Airport Improvement Program, will fund work at 127 airports in all U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

Alaska’s share of the latest grants includes $10 million to rehabilitate an access road at Merrill Field in Anchorage, as well as $9.6 million for areawide weather reporting equipment. The Soldotna Airport is receiving an additional $7 million for runway work.

"This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation's airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities," Chao said in a statement.

Previous Airport Improvement Program funding rounds last year, in June and September, saw Alaska receive $49 million and $71.8 million respectively. Those grants covered airports in communities ranging from Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau to Kivalina, Kwigillingok and Utqiagvik.

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