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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded nearly $800 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants to 347 airports across 46 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Marshall Islands.

[Above photo of Salt Lake Airport via Wikimedia Commons.]

The FAA noted in a statement that some of the projects covered by those grants include: purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment; constructing runways and taxiways; repairing runways and taxiways; installing aircraft lighting and signage; conducting airport master plan studies; and installing airport perimeter fencing.

That overall pool of grant funding includes $689 million from the agency’s Airport Improvement Program as well as $104.4 million from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act to cover a 100 percent federal share for airport projects.

The agency began disbursing approximately $10 billion worth of CARES Act funds in April to commercial and general aviation airports; money aimed at “supporting continuing operations and replace lost revenue” resulting from the sharp decline in passenger traffic and other airport business due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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