Air Center receives federal infrastructure funding

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Roswell Air Center will receive more than $ 1 million annually in “additional” funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years through a new grant program created after the major federal infrastructure bill was passed in November. (daily recording file photo)

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Roswell Air Center will receive approximately $ 1.04 million from the first round of funding provided by the federal infrastructure bill signed in November.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that $ 2.89 billion would be flowing to 3,075 US airports under the Airport Infrastructure Grant program as a result of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which the White House calls bipartisan infrastructure law .

The FAA stated that the grant program is new to the agency.

The new infrastructure law provided US airports with a total of 25 billion nationwide over a period of five years.

Of the $ 25 billion earmarked for US airports, $ 15 billion went to the Airport Infrastructure Grant program. The money from the AIG program can be used for taxiways, runways, safety and sustainability projects, terminals, airport transit projects or airport road projects, according to the FAA.

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This year’s AIG program payout is expected to be the first of several awards for the Roswell Air Center.

“Roswell will receive an additional $ 1,036,000 from the FAA each year for the next five years,” said Dennis Corsi, president of Armstrong Consultants Inc., the engineering and planning consultant for the City of Roswell.

The FAA website indicated this year’s Air Center award was $ 1,039,047. Roswell Air Center already receives approximately $ 1 million in FAA funding each year as “eligibility” funding for airports that meet certain criteria. It has also received other FAA funding as a result of aid funding related to coronavirus and other grant programs.

Corsi said the AIG projects are likely to require adequate funding from the air center and that airports have four years to spend the funds after each fiscal year. FAA information shows that the need for matching funds varies depending on the type of airport and project.

Roswell Air Center and city officials said at the Roswell Airport Advisory Committee meeting Thursday they did not yet know how the funds will be used.

They said they intend to discuss this further at the group’s next meeting, now scheduled for January 20th.

According to the FAA, airports can begin submitting their grant applications in the coming weeks. Corsi says grant may become available this year if Roswell Air Center has an eligible project.

The FAA’s announcement said it “encourages applicants to prioritize projects that increase airport security, equity and sustainability.”

The FAA said it also plans to educate minority-owned companies of the potential to work on projects with the funding.

New Mexico has 46 airports that have received $ 17.99 million from this funding round of the Airport Infrastructure Grant program.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, extension. 351 or at [email protected]


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