LINCOLN – Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States Department of Transportation announced that it will provide Nebraska with more than $ 12.6 million in federal grants under the FY2021 Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The grants will fund runway and taxiway improvements, navigation aids, snow removal equipment and other upgrades at Broken Bow Municipal Airport, Central City Municipal Airport, at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport, O’Neill Municipal Airport and West Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff. and Wahoo Municipal Airport.
Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director John Selmer applauded the awards at Nebraska airports saying, “Nebraska has a diverse transportation system, including many locally owned airports across our state. . These vital elements of our transportation network have a considerable impact on the economic health and quality of life of those who use them in addition to influencing the general condition. NDOT looks forward to implementing these grants where they can be of use to our local aviation partners. “
Grant projects funded under the PIA promote safety, efficiency, environmental stewardship, infrastructure and security at airports across the country. Ann Richart, director of aeronautics for Nebraska, explained, “AIP grants are vital to the health of airports in Nebraska. We appreciate the support and partnership we receive from the FAA to maintain our part of the national airspace system. “