SALT LAKE CITY — About $9.4 million of the $520.5 million the U.S. Department of Transportation is investing in the nation’s airports will go to Utah, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced on Wednesday.
The money will go to 11 airports across the Beehive State to “help to keep our nation’s airports in good shape and make air travel a better experience for passengers,” Chao said in a news release.
Wednesday’s announcement adds to a growing effort to invest in U.S. airports.
Since January 2017, the government has invested $11.42 billion in more than 2,000 American airports “for safety and infrastructure improvements,” a Federal Aviation Administration news release stated.
FAA statistics show U.S. civil aviation supports $1.6 trillion in economic activity and nearly 11 million jobs.
“America’s airports provide a gateway to the world for our citizens while at the same time delivering first impressions of the United States to visitors from abroad,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in a news release. “It’s in our national interest to make them the crown jewel in our transportation system. The Airport Improvement Program allows us to do just that.”
Utah airports receiving funding
- Duchesne Municipal Airport: $300,000 to fund updating the airport master plan or study
- Hanksville Airport: $208,116 to fund sealing the runway pavement surface and joints
- Kanab Municipal Airport: $161,291 to fund building, repairing and expanding a snow removal equipment building
- Wayne Wonderland Airport: $2,440,000 to fund runway repairs
- Milford Municipal/Ben and Judy Briscoe Field Airport: $2,053,642 to fund runway repairs
- Monticello Airport: $213,776 to fund updating the airport master plan or study
- Ogden-Hinckley Airport: $1,685,081 to fund apron repairs
- Spanish Fork Airport Springville-Woodhouse Field: $300,936 to fund taxiway construction
- St. George Regional Airport: $150,000 to fund snow removal equipment purchase
- Vernal Regional Airport: Vernal received two different grants. The first is a $300,000 grant to fund improvements to the airport’s drainage and erosion control system and the second is $620,197 to fund installation of perimeter fencing
- Wendover Airport: $1,000,000 to fund the installation of perimeter fencing