U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Tuesday announced more than $273 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants, including $900,000 for Hollywood Burbank Airport to acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle.
Grants were awarded in 41 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Puerto Rico.
Burbank was the only airport in Southern California to receive one of the grants, which will be used for a variety of infrastructure and safety projects, which include purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing and/or repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies and installing airport perimeter fencing.
“This $273 million federal investment in our nation’s airports will strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs and benefit local communities,” Chao said.
The total includes just over $242 million from the Airport Improvement Program and $31 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants.
“The safety of our nation’s airports is of paramount importance to the FAA,” said Stephen M. Dickson, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. “These grants will allow these necessary projects to continue.”
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