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Airport awarded federal funds

Congressman Henry Cuellar announced Tuesday the awarding of approximately $7.8 million in federal funds from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program to the Laredo International Airport.

Cuellar announced $5 million in FAA funds last month, and $13.5 million in January to the Laredo International Airport to help finance the airport’s ongoing efforts to reduce noise for those living near the airport and the full reconstruction of an existing taxiway.

 

This new FAA grant of $7,819,990 will be used to make necessary improvements to the airport’s facilities, which include extending and rehabilitating the existing taxiway, installing guidance signs and rehabilitating the cargo apron that has reached the end of its useful life.

Specifically, the funds will allow for the installation of airport guidance signs and markings, and fund the rehabilitation of:

850 square yards of existing apron pavement

Phase 9 of the airport’s apron rehabilitation project

Rehabilitation of 625 feet of an the existing Taxiway G pavement

850 foot taxiway extension of Taxiway G to enhance safety, efficiency and capacity of aircraft movements

Phase 1 for the replacement of all airfield guidance sign fixtures to enhance aircraft visual guidance and enhance safety of aircraft movements.

“These federal funds will allow the Laredo International Airport to make much-needed updates to its infrastructure that will enable safer and more efficient movement of cargo and passenger air traffic,” Cuellar said.

“I would like to thank Mayor Pete Saenz, City Manager Jesus Olivares, Councilman Roque Vela, Airport Manager Mario Maldonado and all who helped to secure this funding and continue to support investments in Laredo’s transportation infrastructure and economic growth.”

Over the last 25 years the airport has received approximately $230 million dollars in federal funding.