WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced that 25 local airports across Alabama will receive a total of $60,999,054 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants. The funding, some of which is made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020, was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for various airport improvements.
“These FAA grants will support airport infrastructure improvements to 25 Alabama airports and allow operations to continue as they work to minimize the negative effects of COVID-19,” said Shelby. “It is important that we invest in advancing our airports, particularly those in rural areas which have a significant economic impact in local communities. This $61 million in DOT funding for aviation in Alabama is great news and will contribute to the vitality of our entire state.”
The FAA grants are administered through Fiscal Year 2020 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) annual and supplemental awards. Additionally, funds provided through the CARES Act serve as the local match for the airport improvement projects.
Included in the grants is Roanoke Municipal Airport, which will receive $123,689.
“The $123,000+ is a relatively small grant for the airport, but essential,” said Roanoke pilot Sid Hare. “The grant was originally submitted to refurbish and renew the existing asphalt. However, according to Jennifer Hunt Harp, our representative at Garver Engineering, there was not sufficient federal money available for that purpose. Instead the money will be used for design and survey work to increase ramp space and suitable locations for additional hangers.”
Harp further stated that the repaving or refurbishment is planned for next year.