Get ready America
Trump’s Infrastructure agenda to ‘Be Great Again’ is ramping up
Rebuilding America’s infrastructure is a critical pillar of President Donald J. Trump’s agenda to promote job creation and grow the U.S. economy. In a recent statement, the White House explained that “America’s infrastructure has fallen to 12th in the world and that is unacceptable. Every American depends on our roads, rails, ports, and airports, and the President is committed to fixing this problem, not just pushing more liabilities onto future generations.”
In June, the President announced his plans to reduce congestion, flight times and fuel usage by privatizing the Nation’s air traffic control. He also revealed his approach to empower state and local governments to make necessary improvements on America’s inland waterway system. The federal funding programs have been insufficient to met the operational demands of our system.
President also held a Governors and Mayors listening session to ensure that the Administration’s policies on infrastructure align with the states’ specific needs. He signed an executive order to improve the efficiency and timeliness of America’s infrastructure projects. The order reduces the time it takes to permit a major infrastructure project, which could generate trillions of dollars in economic benefits.
Airport Infrastructure Grants Begin
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration will award $105.3 million in airport infrastructure grants to 133 airports across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). These grants are just the beginning as more will be issued to airports over the next several weeks in time to take advantage of the spring and summer construction season.
The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings which helps to create thousands of jobs.
In Texas, Austin will receive two State Block Grant Program projects of $8,811,778 and $10,918,060. El Paso International will have a reconstructed runway for $11,635,751. Harlingen HRL Valley International will build an extended taxiway costing $2,128,437. Longview East Texas Regional will update their Airport Master Plan Study at $525,060.00 $0.00 $525,060.
“AIP allows us to invest in the long-term safety and economic vitality of our nation’s airports,” said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.
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. At this time, FAA is providing discretionary funding to five airports based on their high-priority project needs. Those receiving discretionary grants are listed here, while the entitlement grant recipients can be found at the link below:
Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, CA, $11 Million – to construct Taxiway T which will connect the north and south runway complexes, and to construct the east and west aircraft parking aprons at the Tom Bradley International Terminal building.
Sioux County Regional Airport in Sioux Center, IA, $4.7 Million – to complete construction of the new airport which will replace the Orange City Municipal Airport and Sioux Center Municipal Airport.
Orange County Airport in Montgomery, NY, $14.6 million –to realign an existing runway at this general aviation airport creating a standard safety area. This grant also includes projects to realign the parallel taxiway, connector taxiways, and various navigational aids affected by the runway realignment.
John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OH, $533 Thousand – to reimburse for the construction of a replacement Runway 10R/28L which was commissioned on August 22, 2013.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca, PA, $5.4 million –to rehabilitate Taxiway B and D at the airport. The project also includes drainage improvements, signage, grading, and lighting.
A full listing of all grant recipients can be found at:
The FAA will issue AIP grants to the airports over the next several weeks in time to take advantage of the spring and summer construction season. The grants will ensure the projects at these airports are either under construction or completed prior to the onset of the winter season, which comes early in late fall in some parts of the country.
The President has dedicated $200 billion in his budget for infrastructure that can be leveraged for a $1 trillion investment into our crumbling systems.