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Delegation Announces $30 million Grant to Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport

Other projects include improvements across the state

Anchorage - The Alaska Congressional Delegation today announced Airport Improvement Program Grants for Alaska airports totaling $59 million. Provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, funds will enhance aviation safety, reduce noise, and improve facilities for future aviation growth throughout the state.

This announcement coincides with FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt’s visit to Alaska. The Administrator is announcing aviation safety grants during his visits to Anchorage and Juneau.

The Airport Improvement Program provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

The grants include:

Sitka: $30,000,000

The grant provides funds to expand the runway safety area for the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport. Currently, the existing safety area does not meet FAA standards and needs to be extended.

Anchorage: $500,000

The grant provides funds to conduct a noise compatibility study for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The study will update the airport’s noise exposure contour map and noise compatibility program to reduce noise impacts and incompatible land uses within the airport’s noise contours.

Chefornak:  $20,551,476

The grant provides funds for the continuation of the construction of a replacement airport for the community of Chefornak. The current airport does not meet minimum FAA airport standards and could not be reconstructed in its current location due to topographical restrictions.

Deadhorse: $150,000

The grant provides funds to update the airport master plan for the Deadhorse Airport. The present plan is out-of-date and does not adequately address existing and future aviation needs.

North Slope Borough: $200,000

The grant provides funds to conduct a runway end survey to support implementation of a localizer approach with vertical guidance at the following airports: Atqasuk, Point Lay, Wainwright, and Nuiqsut.

Soldotna: $2,218,073

The grant provides funds to construct additional apron space for the Soldotna Municipal Airport. Currently, the airport does not have adequate apron space to meet the demand for public use aircraft parking areas.

Statewide: $2,500,000

The grant provides funds for the continuation of Alaska’s overall aviation system planning effort.

Various locations in Alaska:  $2,574,483

The grant provides funds to acquire snow removal equipment for various airports in Alaska, including Bethel, Cold Bay, False Pass, Kodiak, Seward and Tuluksak

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