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Thursday, August 23, 2012

DOT Announces $6.8 Million Grant for Boise Airport

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday announced a $6.8 million dollar federal grant to restore the primary runway at Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho.

The grant is awarded as part of the government’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides more than $3 billion in annual funding for projects that improve the operational safety and efficiency of the nation’s aging airports.

FAA said the rehabilitation project will extend the useful life of the pavement and provide more traction for aircraft landing and taking off on Runway 10R/28L at Boise Airport. 

“Safety is our number-one priority,” said LaHood. “This grant will help enhance safety for both the traveling public and the pilots who use the airport.”

The project is scheduled to begin later this month, and the airport expects to complete the runway restoration by November.

“This primary runway is critical to operations,” said acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “This grant enhances the operational safety and efficiency of the airport, enabling it to provide continued quality service to its customers.”

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