July 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $18 Million In Airport Infrastructure Grants For Nevada

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Transportation for awarding $18,633,926 in grant funding under the Airport Improvement Program to five Nevada airports. The funds will go toward infrastructure improvements.

“This funding will go a long way to ensuring airports—which are vital to the health of our communities and our economy—are able to make the infrastructure improvements and investments they need to support the Silver State’s continued growth. I’m eager to see these funds aid in providing construction jobs and will remain committed to working to ensure our state’s airports have the support they need to continue running safely and efficiently.”

BACKGROUND:

The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grant funding to airports across the country in order to strengthen our nation’s aviation infrastructure. Airports are awarded funding based on their passenger volume and demonstrated project needs. AIP funding was supplemented by funding passed in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES)Act, which Senator Cortez Masto voted for.

Senator Cortez Masto has championed legislation that strengthens innovation and promotes critical infrastructure in Nevada, and throughout America, including the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill.

The grant funds will be awarded as follows:

  • $17,261,300 to McCarran International to expand and reconstruct aprons
  • $160,000 to Tonopah Airport to reconstruct the airport beacon
  • $189,902 to Alamo Landing Field to install a runway vertical/visual guidance system
  • $809,391 to Austin Airport to construct a taxilane and improve and modify access roads
  • $213,333 to Mesquite Airport to rehabilitate runways