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U.S. DOT Gives $8.2 Million in Infrastructure Grants for Virgin Islands Airports

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $616.9 million in airport infrastructure grants, the third allotment of a total of $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding.

The grants include $8.2 million to the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) for infrastructure projects at the two airports it operates, Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. VIPA will use the funding to improve aircraft rescue and firefighting buildings, purchase safety and security equipment, and rehabilitate and expand aircraft parking aprons. Henry E. Rohlsen Airport also will reconstruct perimeter fencing.

“These grants will help the Virgin Islands Port Authority better serve the flying public, as well as strengthening the economy and creating jobs in this community,” Secretary Chao said.

The grants fund infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminal projects. These projects are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.

Airports receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.

Click on the link below for a complete listing of grants:


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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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