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DOT&PF Receives $90.9M for Airport Improvement Projects

(JUNEAU, Alaska) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has received $90,971,087 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport improvement projects.

The funding allows airfield projects to begin this year at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International, Barrow, Kotzebue, Dillingham, Akiachak, Huslia, Nulato, Lake Louise Kipnuk and Kongiganak airports.

Funds were also received for various runway surface maintenance projects around the state including acquisition of airport rescue and fire fighting vehicles; and other programs. Additional fiscal year 2010 airport projects are expected to be funded later this year.

"The Federal Aviation Administration airport improvement grants support the states network of airports providing access to 82 percent of our communities. The partnership between the FAA and DOT&PF ensures the viability and reliability of the Alaska Airport System." said Leo von Scheben, Commissioner, DOT&PF.

The aviation industry's overall economic contribution to Alaska's economy is $3.5 billion dollars and more than 47,000 jobs. The economic value from activity generated by the airport's operations, businesses and agencies amount to more than $2.1 billion.

More information on the aviation industry economic contribution can be found at: http://www.alaskaasp.com/Documents.aspx .

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