WASHINGTON, D.C.- First District Congressman Roger Marshall (R-Great Bend) welcomed the announcement by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that $7.4 million worth of grants will be awarded to Kansas First District airports.
DOT Secretary Elaine Chao announced the distribution of $677 million in airport infrastructure grants June 8. Rep Marshall’s district received grants for 16 airports, with Salina Regional Airport receiving the largest single grant for a replacement aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle to assist in meeting safety requirements. This is the DOT’s first allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.
“Kansas has long-standing ties to the aviation industry, but in order to stay competitive, we must go further than maintaining our airport infrastructure,” Rep. Marshall said. “These grants will not just help our local airports remain efficient and safe, but will help with longer term planning for future development projectsthat keepour rural communities competitive. I am thankful the DOT is keeping our aviation industry robust for years to come.”
Airports that received funding:
Smith Center- $423,000
Liberal (2 airports)- $1,558,222
Hill City- $559,346
Read more on the projects in focus at these airports: HERE