Inside INdiana Business

Hoosier airports awarded federal grants

(photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation)

WASHINGTON (Inside INdidana Business) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced nearly $800 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration. Five Indiana airports have been selected to receive funding for infrastructure and safety projects.

Chao’s office says some of the projects include purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, and installing aircraft lighting, among others.

“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 Chao.

The Indiana airports include:

  • Tri-State Steuben County Airport in Angola – $1,650,000
  • Mettel Field in Connersville – $1,389,800
  • Fort Wayne International – $4,038,371
  • Huntingburg – $4,430,678
  • Clark Regional in Jeffersonville – $673,554

Chao’s office says the total includes $689 million from the Airport Improvement Program and $104.4 million in CARES Act grants to equal a 100% federal share.

“These 383 grants will allow airport sponsors to either begin or complete construction projects that will maintain the safety and efficiency of our national airport system,” said FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson.

A full listing of grants is available here.