WASHINGTON, D.C. — Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive funding for work on its taxiway.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Monday the Federal Aviation Administration will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding for airports across the United States.
“This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” Chao said in a press release.
Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport is slated to receive $5.1 million for the installation of navigational aids, reconstruction of a taxiway, repairs to the taxiway and taxiway lighting.
Airport Director Devon Brubaker said he was excited “for this critical infrastructure project as we have been working on development and design of the project for over three years.”
This amount represents 93.75% of the total project cost. The remaining funds will include $204,000, or 3.75%, from the Wyoming Department of Transportation,and $136,000, or 2.5%, from local sources.
”This FAA AIP grant represents the second time since 2016 where we have received highly competitive and coveted discretionary funding in addition to our annual $1 million entitlement,” Brubaker said. “This speaks to our staff’s and master consultant’s dedication in continuously pursing funding. This project also represents the third highest value project (not including the initial construction of the airport’s two runways) in the airport’s 77-year history.”
Brubaker said the $5,432,085 project will make significant safety improvements to the airport’s airfield including rehabilitating taxiway A, making lower sections of taxiway A meet FAA design standards, extending taxiway E to taxiway D, removing taxiway B, rehabilitating taxiway lighting including changing incandescent lights to LED lights, replacing airfield lighting constant current regulators and home run cables, installing counterpoise wiring on taxiway A, replacing all 85 lighted airfield signs, and replacing and relocating the airport’s rotating beacon.
”This grant funding will need to be formally accepted by the city of Rock Springs and Sweetwater County as they are listed as the airport sponsors before we officially receive the grant,” he said. “The project has already been bid and will be awarded to Kilgore Companies LLC, doing business as Lewis & Lewis Inc. of Rock Springs, once the grant agreements are finalized in the next week or so.”
Other Wyoming airports to receive grants include:
• $500,000 to the state to update its system plan study.
• $149,400 to the North Big Horn County Airport in Cowley to improve airport drainage and install airport beacons.
• $2.5 million to Jackson Hole Airport for airport access road repair.
There will be a total of 358 grants to 327 airports around the country in 46 states and the Pacific Islands. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increases the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region, according to the FAA.
Airports can receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.
Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports the nation’s economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs, the press release states.
For more information, go to www.faa.gov/airports/aip/grantapportion_data.