Enterprise airport to receive $1.4 million for improvements


ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)— The Enterprise Municipal Airport is set to receive more than a million dollars for improvements, thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airport will use $1.4 million to build a new taxiway and airport apron for the facility, providing more space for planes to maneuver and refuel.

The new funds for the airport come after U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the allotment of $478 million in infrastructure grants Wednesday. According to Chao’s declaration, this is the fourth installment of a $3.18 billion sum that is being given to American airports through the Airport Improvement Program.

“This significant investment in airport improvements in Alabama will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” Chao said.

In total, airports across Alabama will be given $14.3 million for their own improvements. According to a press release, these include:

Chilton County Airport in Clanton, $1.9 million to extend a runway.

Florala Municipal in Florala, $59,290 to update the airport master plan and rehabilitate a runway.

Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores, $403,470 to rehabilitate taxiway lighting.

Huntsville International Airport, $10.4 million to rehabilitate a runway, taxiway and airport apron, reconstruct taxiway lighting and airfield guidance signs and construct a taxiway.

Lanett Municipal in Lanett, $89,798 to update the airport master plan.

Along with Alabama, 232 airports “in 43 states, including American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico” will be given funds by the FAA.

The grants will help rebuild runways; maintaining taxiways, aprons, and terminals; and construction of firefighting facilities.

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