Orlando Melbourne International Airport Gets $18.1 Million FAA Grant To Repair Runway
By Space Coast Daily // September 22, 2017
grants given to 67 airports in 22 states
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Orlando Melbourne International Airport received a $18.1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to be used to repair Runway09R/27L.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration awarded $277.5 million in airport infrastructure grants to 67 airports in 22 states across the United States as part of the FAAs Airport Improvement Program.
The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements, said Secretary Chao. This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.
The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings, all of which help to create thousands of jobs.
To date this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than1,751 new grants to over 1,402 airports for a total of $.33 billion. These grants will provide funds for 755 runway projects and 631 taxiway projects that are important to safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.
Airports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP funding each year, based on passenger volume. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, then the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.
Other airports in Florida to receive FAA grants were Daytona Beach International Airport and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.
Daytona Beach International Airport got $7.9 million that will be used to repair parallel Taxiway N and to construct Taxiway P-5. These improvements are part of the FAAs Runway Incursion Mitigation or RIM program to enhance safety at the airport.
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport was given $22 million in grant funds that will be used to implement noise mitigation measures for residents who live near the airport. This grant will mitigate approximately 157 homes.
The grants will ensure the projects at these airports are either under construction or completed prior to the onset of the winter season.
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