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

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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

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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