Tri-Cities Airport receives $1.9 million for development

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) today announced that the Tri-Cities Airport Commission has been awarded $1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
"Improving and maintaining our airports is vital to the continued growth of our state," said Frist. "I'm pleased that the U.S. Department of Transportation has provided the Tri-Cities Airport Commission this critical funding, which will support economic development in the region."
The approximately $1.9 million in federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding will be used for airfield development, landside development and terminal area development at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The funding will be applied to the following projects:
* Repair the ramp drainage system;
* Rehabilitate and expand the general aviation ramp;
* Monitor a wetland area and section of stream as part of permitting requirements;
* Relocate the terminal loop road and widen the bridge;
* Provide access road to general aviation area;
* Improve landside pedestrian access ramp to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements; and
* Replace the roof at the Access Control Center.
AIP provides federal grants for airport development and planning. AIP grants are used to fund projects that support aircraft operations including runways, taxiways, aprons, noise abatement, land purchase, and safety, emergency or snow removal equipment. Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by flight user fees and fuel taxes.