Alaska will be receiving $34.3 million to improve airport infrastructure across the state, according to a press release from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Announced by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Monday, the grants are the fifth roll-out of $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding. 

“This significant investment in airport improvements in Alaska will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” Chao said.

The airports receiving AIP funding are:

  • Anchorage Merrill Field, $720,000 to reconstruct an access road

  • Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport, $12,088,887 to install apron flood lighting and reconstruct a taxiway

  • Kenai Municipal, $6,500,000 to build an aircraft rescue and firefighting training facility

  • Ketchikan International, $2,645,123 to install perimeter fencing

  • Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport, $2,160,812 to install perimeter fencing

  • South Naknek Nr 2 Airport, $1,500,879 to repair an apron, rebuild an access road, repair a taxiway, install airport beacons, rebuild the runway and runway lighting and install miscellaneous navigational aids

  • Stebbins Airport, Kalskag Airport and the Barrow/Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport, $613,235 to replace segmented circles and windsocks.

  • Birchwood Airport, Chalyitsik Airport and the Kodiak Airport, $760,560 to remove obstructions

  • Gustavus Airport, Kake Airport, Yakutat Airport, Petersburg James A Johnson Airport, Cordova Municipal Airport, Wrangell Airport and Gulkana Airport, $3,534,214 to repair runways, purchase snow removal equipment, install miscellaneous navigational aids and remove obstructions

  • Kasigluk Airpirt, Togiak Airport, Chenega Bay Airport, Kobuk Airport, King Salmon Airport, Pilot Station Airport and Kotzebue/Ralph Wien Memorial Airport, $3,495,568 to purchase snow removal equipment

  • Wasilla Airport, $375,000 to install perimeter fencing

In all, the FAA will be distributing grants to 354 airports in 44 states, as well as airports in U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Micronesia. Projects that will be funded include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, taxiway maintenance, aprons and terminals.

The FAA says airports can receive AIP funding every year based on activity levels and project needs.

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