Senator Collins was a member of the core group of 10 Senators who negotiated the infrastructure package
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that 32 airports across the State of Maine will receive a total of $14,753,134 to make critical infrastructure improvements for FY22.
This funding was authorized through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Infrastructure Grants Program. Senator Collins was part of the core group of 10 Senators who negotiated the text of the bipartisan infrastructure law. The Maine airports will receive a total of $73,765,670 under the new law over the next five years.
“Maine’s airports are vital pieces of our state’s transportation network that promote job creation and economic development,” said Senator Collins. “As a co-author of this bipartisan infrastructure law, I worked to ensure that it would address Maine’s needs. This historic investment will allow airports across our state to make much-needed improvements to their infrastructure, enhancing the safety and efficiency of operations.”
“This funding for critical airport infrastructure couldn’t have come at a better time for Aroostook County,” said Scott Wardwell, Airport Director for the Presque Isle International Airport (PQI).” The Airport is in the final stages of completing its 20 year master plan which has identified several funding gaps for necessary infrastructure improvements.”
Maine airports will use this funding to support airport improvement projects, such as runways and taxiways, as well as terminal development projects, multimodal connections, and roadway projects. This investment provides flexibility for large and small airports to address their specific airside or landside needs.
The funding will be allocated as follows: