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$9.2M in Federal Infrastructure Grants to go to Four Maryland Airports

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will award $986 million in airport infrastructure grants, the fifth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding for airports across the United States.  

“This significant investment in airport improvements in Maryland will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The following airports in Maryland will receive grants:

  • Crisfield-Somerset County in Crisfield, $670,074 – grant funds to improve runway safety areas.
  • Frederick Municipal in Frederick, $4,963,500 – grant funds for extension of Runway 5.
  • Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional in Salisbury. $3,408,452 – grant funds to improve airport drainage.
  • Carroll County Regional/Jack B Poage Field in Westminster, $206,800 – grant funds for  reconstruction of Runway 16-34.

The FAA will award grants to 354 airports in 44 states and two territories Micronesia and Puerto Rico. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by these grants will enhance safety and capacity while promoting economic growth in the regions served by each airport.

Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports our economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments for the American people, who depend on reliable infrastructure. 

Airports can receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.

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