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More than $7 million in airport upgrades coming to Wyoming

 The check-in area at Casper-Natrona County International Airport in Natrona County, Wyo.
The check-in area at Casper-Natrona County International Airport in Natrona County, Wyo. (KCWY)
Published: Feb. 19, 2020 at 10:35 PM CST
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award $7.2 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants to 10 airports in Wyoming. This investment in Wyoming’s airports is part of a $520.5 million national investment in America’s airports that was announced today by Secretary Chao.

“This $520.5 million in federal support to airports across the country will help to keep our nation’s airports in good shape and make air travel a better experience for passengers,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

With this announcement, the Trump Administration has invested a historic $11.42 billion in more than two thousand American airports across the United States for safety and infrastructure improvements since January 2017.

The airports receiving Airport Improvement Program grants in Wyoming include:

• Casper/Natrona County International Airport—two separate grants, one for $253,911 to fund renovating and expanding a snow removal equipment building and another for $850,000 to fund the purchase of snow removal equipment

• Yellowstone Regional Airport—$1,441,029 to fund building an access road, and building/improving a parking lot

• Dixon Airport—$183,000 to fund runway repairs

• Evanston-Uinta County Burns Field—$317,429 to fund rebuilding an apron

• Jackson Hole Airport—$2,764,003 to fund repairing an access road

• Pine Bluffs Municipal Airport—$181, 865 to fund construction of a terminal building and building/improving a hanger

• Powell Municipal Airport—$621,390 to fund building a taxiway

• Riverton Regional Airport—two separate grants, one for $150,000 to purchase or repair an emergency generator and a second for $200,000 to fund repairing a taxiway

• Hot Springs County Airport—$169,386 to fund a new airport master plan or study

• Worland Municipal Airport—$155,867 to fund widening a taxiway

The Administration not only supports infrastructure through funding – it is making it possible to deliver these much-needed improvements more quickly. The Department is working hard to streamline the approval process, cut unnecessary red tape and reduce unnecessary, duplicative regulations that do not contribute to safety.

These investments and reforms are especially timely because the U.S. economy is surging. Employers have added more than 7 million jobs since January 2017. To kick off the new decade, a robust 225,000 American jobs were added in January 2020 and the unemployment rate is still a remarkable 3.6 percent—the lowest in 50 years.

Aviation is an important part of that growth. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. civil aviation supports more than 5% of U.S. gross domestic product; $1.6 trillion in economic activity; and nearly 11 million jobs.

“America’s airports provide a gateway to the world for our citizens while at the same time delivering first impressions of the United States to visitors from abroad,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “It’s in our national interest to make them the crown jewel in our transportation system. The Airport Improvement Program allows us to do just that.”

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