WASHINGTON, D.C. (WNCT) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced on Tuesday that the Trump Administration will award nearly $800 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration.
Two local airports are also receiving part of the grant:
- Pitt-Greenville Airport is getting more than $1.7 million to rebuild an airport taxi lane for business jets at the facility
- Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is getting more than $826,000 to buy new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, buy land for airport approaches, build a new aircraft rescue and firefighting building, and expand the existing terminal.
“This nearly $800 million Federal investment in airport infrastructure will strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide many economic benefits for local communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The total includes $689 million from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $104.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to equal a 100 percent Federal share.
These grants will be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety projects. Some of the projects include purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies, and installing airport perimeter fencing.