Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Portland International Jetport has been awarded $1,480,000 to construct a new 250 foot Taxiway to efficiently transit aircraft from Runway 11, make repairs to Taxiway A, and complete rehabilitation of the service road. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Last week, Senator Collins announced nearly $4.5 million to construct a separate 1,225 foot taxiway.
“The Portland Jetport serves as a vital transportation link to more than two million passengers each year and promotes economic growth as well as job creation,” said Senator Collins. “This investment, which builds on the $4.5 million grant for airfield improvements that was awarded last week, will allow the Jetport to meet safety design standards and improve efficiency.”
As Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Collins was instrumental in securing $3.75 billion for AIP, including $400 million in supplemental AIP grants, in the fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill that was signed into law in December.