US Transportation secretary Ray LaHood has announced a total of $59.6 million in grants for seven airports: Van Nuys, Venice Municipal, Portland-Hillsboro, Orlando International, Indianapolis International, Fort Worth Alliance and James M. Cox Dayton International airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will grant $18.4 million to reconstruct and repave the primary runway at Van Nuys airport, while Venice Municipal airport in Florida will receive a fund of $7.1 million for runway repairs, runway safety area upgrades and taxiway construction.
Construction work at Van Nuys airport is expected to begin in early 2013 and will take nine months to complete.
Portland-Hillsboro airport will improve its runway and taxiway with a $6.9 million federal grant. The runway and taxiway work is expected to begin in mid-2013 and end in the fall.
The FAA will provide a $9.6 million grant to rehabilitate the runway and taxiway and to purchase an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle for Orlando airport. Indianapolis airport will receive $3.2 million for the construction of a de-icing containment facility. The existing storm water system at Indianapolis airport is operating at full capacity. The project will replace the linings of both systems and allow for better efficiency on the field.
In addition, the FAA will grant $10 million for Fort Worth Alliance airport as part of a multi-year project to extend the runways. The FAA airport improvement programme (AIP) grant will pay for continued work to extend each of Alliance's two runways to 11,000ft.
The Fort Worth Alliance airport project has been underway for several years and involves work to relocate a nearby state highway and a railroad to make way for the longer runways. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2016.
In addition, the FAA will give a $4.8 million grant to James M. Cox Dayton International airport to expand the apron area around the terminal. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late 2013.
The improvements are part of the FAA's AIP, which provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for projects at airports.