Ala. airports to share $1.7 million award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tuesday announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has awarded nearly $1.7 million to six regional airports in Alabama for infrastructure improvements.

"Investing in the infrastructure of Alabama's regional airports will not only provide the safest and most efficient transportation services for Alabamians, but also ensure that the area remains desirable for residents and businesses," said Shelby.  "This grant will provide funding to help Alabama's regional airports make improvements that are necessary to accommodate those traveling to, from, and through our great state."

Of the $1,679,799 awarded to Alabama, the following airports will receive funding:

  • $980,000 to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport for environmental mitigation efforts.
  • $110,668 to Blackwell Field Airport, which is located in Dale County, for the installation of a perimeter fence. 
  • $251,045 to Foley Municipal Airport, which is located in Baldwin County, for the construction of a taxiway.
  • $75,365 to Geneva Municipal Airport, which is located in Geneva County, for the installation of a perimeter fence.
  • $177,045 to the Mobile Airport Authority, for the rehabilitation of a taxiway.
  • $85,676 to South Alabama Regional Airport at Benton Field, which is located in Covington County, for the installation of perimeter fencing. 

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