Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport receives $1.4 million grant for infrastructure improvements

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Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport will be one of 25 airports in Alabama who will see improvements in the near future thanks to grants provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The 25 FAA grants, totaling $25,517,940, will be funded through the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and federal appropriations.

Birmingham’s grant is set for $1,417,500.

According to a release from the City of Birmingham, Sen. Shelby chairs the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill last month.

“Birmingham is extremely grateful for Sen. Shelby’s role in making our airport an even stronger hub for air travel,” Mayor Randall Woodfin said in a statement. “It’s not just great news for Birmingham travelers, but all of Alabama.”

Why does Woodfin feel this is such great news?

He says the funds will “Make travel to and from our state safer and more competitive.”

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Improvements To Come

What improvements will the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport receive? Grant money will be use for:

  • Erosion repair
  • Safety equipment acquisition
  • Sign installation
  • Taxiway rehabilitation

Other Alabama Airport Improvements To ComeWhat other airports in Alabama will receive grants for improvements?

Here’s the full list:

  • Mobile Downtown Airport, Mobile Airport Authority – $7,080,027 (taxiway reconstruction, runway rehabilitation and installation of new taxiway lighting system)
  • MacCrenshaw Memorial Airport, City of Greenville – $3,114,820 (runway reconstruction)
  • H.L. Callahan Airport, City of Fairhope – $3,033,757 (construction of additional taxiway and access to taxiways)
  • Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, City of Tuscaloosa – $2,652,600 (apron rehabilitation and master plan study)
  • Lanett Municipal Airport, City of Lanett – $1,717,830 (runway construction and installation of new runway lighting system)
  • Headland Municipal Airport, City of Headland – $990,000 (construction of additional taxiway)
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  • Auburn University Regional Airport, Auburn University – $832,500 (taxiway rehabilitation)
  • Enterprise Municipal Airport, City of Enterprise – $653,140 (taxiway rehabilitation)
  • Pryor Field Regional Airport, Counties of Morgan and Limestone – $495,900 (taxiway lighting reconstruction)
  • Cullman Regional-Folsom Field Airport, City and County of Cullman – $450,000 (taxiway construction)
  • Carl Folsom Airport, Elba Airport Authority – $446,998 (construction of 7,200-square-foot hangar building)
  • Anniston Regional Airport, City of Anniston – $446,400 (apron and taxiway rehabilitation)
  • Marion County-Rankin Fite Airport, Marion County – $261,000 (construction of additional taxiway for access to aircraft hangars)
  • Albertville REgional-Thomas J. Brumlik Field Airport, City of Albertville – $253,168 (taxiway reconstruction)
  • Shelby County Airport, Shelby County – $249,970 (construction of 14,830-square-foot hangar building)
  • Bibb County Airport, Bibb County – $242,640 (land acquisition to extend protection zone)
  • Moton Field Municipal Airport, City of Tuskegee – $195,410 (taxi rehabilitation)
  • Bessemer Airport, CIty of Bessemer – $150,000 (runway rehabilitation)
  • Prattville-Grouby Field Airport, Prattville Airport Authority – $150,000 (installation of airport drainage improvements)
  • Wetumpka Municipal Airport, City of Wetumpka – $150,000 (installation of new navigational aid and new runway vertical/visual guidance system)
  • Walker County-Bevill Field Airport, Walker County – $135,000 (updates to airport master plan narrative report and airport layout plan)
  • Ozark-Blackwell Field Airport, City of Ozark – $114,300 (runway rehabilitation and installation of new navigational aids)
  • Thomas C. Russell Field Airport, City of Alexander City – $94,500 (installation of new navigational aid and new runway vertical/visual guidance system)

What do you think of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport receiving a grant for improvements? Will it help make our city safer and more competitive like Mayor Woodfin said?

Patience Itson
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