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FAA grants $17.8 million for Alabama airports

The bulk off the money is designated to reconstruct tarmacs at Mobile International Airport and Tuscaloosa National Airport.

A small airport asphalt runway. STOCK

Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, announced Tuesday that nine local airports in Alabama will receive approximately $17.8 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding.

Awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the grants are designated for various improvements and advances to local airport infrastructure and administered through the fiscal year 2022 Airport Improvement Program.

The 10 FAA grants were awarded to nine local airports in Alabama, amounting to $17,818,450 for the following airport projects:

  • Mobile International Airport, Mobile, Alabama – $6,762,732 to reconstruct an apron
  • Tuscaloosa National Airport, Tuscaloosa, Alabama – $4,213,116 to reconstruct an apron
  • Auburn University Regional Airport, Auburn, Alabama – $2,533,041 to construct, extend, and improve a safety area
  • Prattville Airport-Grouby Field, Prattville, Alabama – $1,425,182 to reconstruct an apron
  • Mobile International Airport, Mobile, Alabama – $940,000 to improve airport drainage and erosion control
  • Isbell Field Airport, Fort Payne, Alabama – $829,227 to reconstruct a taxilane
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Birmingham, Alabama – $456,716 to rehabilitate an apron
  • Chilton County Airport, Clanton, Alabama – $261,736 to extend a runway
  • Abbeville Municipal Airport, Abbeville, Alabama – $236,700 to extend a runway
  • Enterprise Municipal Airport, Enterprise, Alabama – $160,000 to extend a runway

“Alabama’s local and regional airports play a significant role in our state’s economy, and I am proud that FAA sees the value in supporting them,” Shelby said. “These improvements will go a long way toward increasing travel to and from Alabama and the overall safety of these airports. This investment stands to benefit several communities in Alabama, and I look forward to witnessing the growth and success of each of them.”

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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