Richard Shelby secures $20M for 5 local airports

May 13, 2019

Five Alabama airports were awarded more than a collective $20 million in government funding in the federal budget for a variety of projects, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced Friday.

The funding, in the form of FAA grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, will benefit five regional and municipal airports in Alabama.

Shelby played a critical role in securing the funding as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which helps set funding levels.

“This FAA funding will significantly improve the functionality, safety, and efficiency of these airports,” the senator said in a statement. “It is vital that we continue to make important infrastructure investments in Alabama to ensure the growth of local communities and future economic success. I look forward to witnessing the positive impact that these aviation advancements will have on our state.”

The five Alabama airports receiving funding are:

• Lanett Municipal Airport, Lanett, Alabama – $8,100,000 for the extension of a runway

• Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport, Centre, Alabama – $5,552,000 for construction of a taxiway

• Franklin Field Airport, Union Springs, Alabama – $3,866,048 for construction of a runway

• Vaiden Field Airport, Marion, Alabama – $2,262,634 for the continuation of construction on a parallel taxiway

• Scottsboro Municipal-Word Field Airport, Scottsboro, Alabama – $1,046,850 for the rehabilitation of an apron