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Nearly $800M in grants given to 347 Airports in 46 states, 4 territories

 In Upper Michigan, Houghton County Memorial Airport in Hancock and  Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie will receive $544,000 and $3,354,542, respectively. (FAA Google Maps Image)
In Upper Michigan, Houghton County Memorial Airport in Hancock and Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie will receive $544,000 and $3,354,542, respectively. (FAA Google Maps Image) (WLUC)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 11:19 AM EDT
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced Tuesday that the Trump Administration will award nearly $800 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the

(FAA) to 46 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Marshall Islands.

“This nearly $800 million Federal investment in airport infrastructure will strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide many economic benefits for local communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

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In Upper Michigan, Houghton County Memorial Airport in Hancock will receive $544,000 for work including construction of a taxilane, adjusting obstruction lighting, and sealing runway pavement. Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie will receive $3,354,542 to install a runway visual guidance system, reconstruct the airport beacon, and rehabilitate the runway and taxiway.

The total includes $689 million from the Airport Improvement Program (

) and $104.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security

grants to equal a 100 percent Federal share.

“These 383 grants will allow airport sponsors to either begin or complete construction projects that will maintain the safety and efficiency of our national airport system,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson.

These grants will be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety projects. Some of the projects include purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies, and installing airport perimeter fencing.

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