U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $6.8 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to improve the runway safety area at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Denver.
“This funding will help enhance the safety of operations at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport,” Secretary LaHood said. “Investing in our nation’s airports promotes economic growth.”
The FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant will fund the relocation of a state highway to allow for expansion of safety areas on the west end of the airport’s main runway, 11L/29R. Construction will begin in October 2012 and will take approximately 13 months, ending in November 2013.
“Enhancing runway safety areas has been a national priority for the FAA,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “This grant enhances the operational safety and efficiency of the airport which allows continued quality service to its customers.”
AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity, and environmental stewardship of our nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation.