FAA awards Alabama another $13.5 million in grants for airport improvements

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Thursday it will upgrade airports in Huntsville, Mobile, Dothan, Montgomery and 19 other Alabama cities, as well as locales across the nation.

Alabama will benefit from more than $13.5 million FAA grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation for various airport improvements to support infrastructure construction, safety advances, and equipment acquisition.

“These Airport Improvement Grants are investments in our country’s critical infrastructure,” Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.

The grants – which range from $2.64 million for the Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field Airport to $45,000 for the Bay Minette Municipal Airport – are funded through the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and federal appropriations. 

“I am proud our state is receiving more funding to advance airport infrastructure,” said Alabama U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby. “These grants are important investments in the safety, security, and efficiency of local airports in Alabama. The improvements will help drive growth in local communities and directly impact the quality of life for residents and visitors.”

The 24 FAA grants, totaling $13,510,593, will support the following airport projects in Alabama:

  1. Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field Airport, Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority – $2,642,920 for replacement of multiple terminal building passenger boarding bridges, and apron and taxiway rehabilitation
  2. Mobile Regional Airport, Mobile Airport Authority – $1,187,722 for friction measuring equipment acquisition, airport drainage improvements, and an update to the airport master plan study
  3. Dothan Regional Airport, Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority – $1,667,165 for apron and taxiway rehabilitation
  4. Montgomery Regional (Dannelly Field) Airport, Montgomery Airport Authority – $1,404,035 for installation of perimeter fencing and taxiway rehabilitation
  5. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Birmingham Airport Authority – $1,375,000 for a Voluntary Airport Low-Emission project to reduce sources of airport ground emissions, improve airport air quality, and reduce the use of conventional fuels
  6. Huntsville Executive Airport Tom Sharp Jr. Field Airport, Madison County Executive Airport Authority – $1,234,700 for land acquisition
  7. Monroe County Aeroplex Airport, County of Monroe – $506,105 for runway rehabilitation
  8. Robbins Field Airport, City of Oneonta and County of Blount – $461,536 for land acquisition and runway rehabilitation
  9. Hartselle-Morgan County Regional Airport, City of Hartselle – $498,654 for apron, runway, and taxiway rehabilitation
  10. Ashland-Lineville Airport, County of Clay – $412,026 for apron and taxiway construction
  11. Brewton Municipal Airport, City of Brewton – $300,000 for runway lighting and airport beacon rehabilitation
  12. Foley Municipal Airport, City of Foley – $259,149 for taxiway construction
  13. Guntersville Municipal-Joe Starnes Field Airport, City of Guntersville – $235,858 for runway and taxiway construction and installation of perimeter fencing
  14. Isbell Field Airport, City of Fort Payne – $220,000 for installation of a runway guidance system and weather reporting equipment
  15. Evergreen Regional-Middleton Field Airport, City of Evergreen – $164,742 for runway obstruction removal
  16. Camden Municipal Airport, City of Camden – $156,298 for runway rehabilitation
  17. Jack Edwards National Airport, City of Gulf Shores – $150,000 for runway safety enhancements and taxiway rehabilitation
  18. Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport, Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport Authority – $150,000 for access road improvements
  19. Jeremiah Denton Airport, County of Mobile – $149,400 for installation of a runway guidance system and runway rehabilitation
  20. Craig Field Airport, Craig Field Airport & Industrial Authority – $88,245 for taxiway rehabilitation
  21. Bill Pugh Field Airport, City of Russellville – $74,598 for updates to the airport master plan study
  22. Atmore Municipal Airport, City of Atmore – $72,000 for construction of a pump fuel facility and an update to the airport master plan study
  23. Bay Minette Municipal Airport, City of Bay Minette – $55,440 for runway obstruction removal
  24. Bay Minette Municipal Airport, City of Bay Minette – $45,000 for an update to the airport master plan study

In July, the FAA announced it was awarding 25 local airports throughout the Yellowhammer State will benefit from more than $25.5 million in FAA grants. This latest round of grants is in addition to the July amount.