$12.6 million in federal grants going to Nebraska airports

LINCOLN, Neb. — The U.S Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration has announced $12.6 million in federal grants going toward Nebraska.

The 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants will provide funding for runway and taxiway improvements, navigational aids, snow removal equipment and other improvements.

The airports that will receive funding include Broken Bow Municipal Airport, Central City Municipal Airport, McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport, O’Neill Municipal Airport, Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff, and the Wahoo Municipal Airport.

Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director John Selmer applauded the awards to Nebraska airports saying, “Nebraska’s has a diverse transportation system, including many locally owned airports throughout our state. These vital pieces of our transportation network greatly impact the economic health and quality of life for those who use them in addition to influencing the overall state."

Grant projects funded through the AIP promote safety, efficiency, environmental stewardship, infrastructure, and security at the nation’s airports.

Ann Richart, Director of Aeronautics for Nebraska, explained “AIP grants are vital to the health of Nebraska airports. We appreciate the support and partnership we receive from the FAA in maintaining our portion of the National Airspace System.”