$12.2 million FAA grant to fund taxiway repair at San Diego Airport

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The federal government will award the San Diego International Airport more than $12 million for repairs to the taxiway at Lindbergh Field, it was announced today.

The grant from the Federal Aviation Administration is part of the government’s $3.2 billion Airport Improvement Program, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The program awarded its first $667 million worth of grants today, including the one earmarked for the San Diego airport.

“If you want a strong transportation system, you have to invest in airport infrastructure,” Chao said. “Airports are the backbone of aviation. These communities are going to reap greater safety, efficiency and economic dividends for years to come.”

The grants awarded Wednesday will fund infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminal projects. San Diego’s $12.2 million grant is the 14th largest out of roughly 200 awarded by the FAA to airports large and small across the country. A pair of aviation projects in Austin, Texas, were awarded a total of more than $43 million from two grants, while a similar pair of aviation projects in Atlanta were awarded two grants totaling $27.7 million. The largest single grant was $20.4 million awarded for a runway extension project at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Florida.

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