Utah airports to receive millions from Biden infrastructure plan
According to the FAA, the plan sets aside $2.89 billion dollars for airports across the country in 2022. The bill allocates $15 billion in total for airports over the coming years.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build safer and more sustainable airports that connect individuals to jobs and communities to the world,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a statement.
With this new funding, urban, regional and rural airports across the country now can get to work on projects that have waited for years, modernizing their infrastructure and building a better America.
All in all, 33 airports in Utah will be beneficiaries of the money, including those in Cedar City, Ogden, Moab, Provo, Vernal, St. George, and Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake City International airport will receive the bulk of the money, roughly 69%.
The federal dollars are for roadways, runways, terminals, safety measures, and sustainability projects, according to the FAA.
A spokesperson for the Salt Lake airport said they just learned of the funding project this week and have not yet developed a strategy for spending the money most effectively. However, they said the funds would likely be used for the next phase of the new airport facilities still under construction.
The breakdown of the disbursements are as follows:
Canyonlands Field in Moab: $1,010,713
Cedar City Regional in Cedar City: $1,015,726
Ogden-Hinckley in Ogden: $1,010,481
Provo Municipal in Provo: $1,424,960
Salt Lake City International in Salt Lake City: $24,752,219
St George Regional in St. George: $1,486,245
Vernal Regional in Vernal: $1,008,207
For an interactive map and listing of funding for all Utah airports, visit https://www.faa.gov/bil/airport-infrastructure.