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Sen. Richard Shelby announces $10 million in grants for airport work

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, on Tuesday announced that four Alabama airports will receive a portion of more than $10 million in federal grants for infrastructure improvements. 

The Federal Aviation Administration grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and additional federal CARES Act coronavirus relief funding are to serve as the local match for the grants, according to a press release from Shelby’s office. 

“I am pleased to announce that the FAA is awarding over $10 million to four Alabama airports for infrastructure improvements,” Shelby said in a statement. “This funding is significant for the state and will increase economic development opportunities in these communities as well as improve safety at these airports.”

A total of five grants were awarded in Alabama, amounting to $10,109,066 for the following airport projects:

  • Auburn University Regional Airport, Auburn, Alabama – $656,477 to rehabilitate a runway
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International, Birmingham, Alabama – $2,680,614 to rehabilitate both a runway and a taxiway
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International, Birmingham, Alabama – $407,640 to acquire land for noise compatibility
  • Jack Edwards National, Gulf Shores, Alabama – $6,135,367 to construct a contract tower
  • Montgomery Regional (Dannelly Field), Montgomery, Alabama – $228,968 to update the airport master plan or study

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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