USDOT Grants $20M to Utah Airports for Infrastructure

Mon July 01, 2019 - West Edition #14
Katherine Devlin – CEG Editorial Assistant

Five Utah airports will receive nearly $20 million in USDOT Grants.
Five Utah airports will receive nearly $20 million in USDOT Grants.

On June 5 the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced more than $840 million in grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve infrastructure at airports throughout the country. This includes nearly $20 million to five Utah airports.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) issues grants to public agencies and private owners for infrastructure improvement projects, according to the USDOT press release.

"This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation," said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Grants have been issued for projects that include runway rehabilitation, runway construction, maintaining taxiways, aprons and terminals. According the USDOT, "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."

The five Utah airport projects that have received AIP grants are:

  • Salt Lake City International Airport: $14 million for apron construction and taxiway improvements.
  • St. George Regional Airport: $1.86 million for new snow-removal equipment and building construction.
  • Wendover Airport: $1.3 million for apron construction.
  • Roosevelt Airport: $100,000 to install a runway vertical/visual guidance system.
  • Vernal Regional Airport: $80,000 to acquire land for approaches to the airport. CEG