Fifteen New Jersey airports will share more than $36 million in federal grants to improve runways, safety and other infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Monday.
The grants are part of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) run by the Federal Aviation Administration. This round of funding, the fifth allocation from a total of $3.18 billion, will help 354 airports in 44 states and Puerto Rico, DOT stated.
“Infrastructure projects funded by these grants will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Among the New Jersey airports receiving funding are:
- Atlantic City International, which will receive $10 million to construct a de-icing containment facility;
- Morristown Municipal, which will receive $7.5 million for runway safety;
- Newark Liberty International, which will receive $8.2 million for runway and taxiway rehabilitation;
- Teterboro, which will receive $1.3 million to construct a taxiway;
- Trenton-Mercer, which will receive $4 million to reconstruct taxiways and for taxiway lighting; and
- Millville Municipal, which will receive $7.5 million to improve runway safety.
The construction and equipment supported by this funding increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region, DOT said.
Airports can receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs.