The Arlington Municipal Airport has snagged a $1.1 million grant to make improvements to a taxiway and lighting at the general aviation airfield. The money will be used on Taxiway B, seen below April 20 as a plane lands, in 2020. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Arlington Municipal Airport has snagged a $1.1 million grant to make improvements to a taxiway and lighting at the general aviation airfield. The money will be used on Taxiway B, seen below April 20 as a plane lands, in 2020. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Arlington gets $1.1 million for improvements to its airport

It was one of three airports in Washington and 127 nationwide to receive money from the FAA.

ARLINGTON — The federal government has given $1.1 million for improvements to the Arlington Municipal Airport.

The money will be used on Taxiway B.

“The project includes milling the existing pavement and overlaying new asphalt on top, repairing and making any full-depth repairs and installing LED lighting for that taxiway,” city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to award $779 million in grants for infrastructure work in all 50 states. The 127 selected airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase safety, capacity and security.

“This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said in a press release.

Arlington was one of three airports in Washington to receive money. The other two were in Port Townsend and Davenport, west of Spokane.

“The funding for the Taxiway Bravo Overlay Project is 100 percent FAA funded,” Banfield said. “No local or state match will be required.”

Congress allocated $1 billion in discretionary funding to make grants for airport projects. The money was for what are called nonprimary airports, which are classified as regional, local, or basic airports, or primary airports that are considered small or non-hub airports. The projects receiving money already had been through the planning, environmental and design process.

The Airport Improvement Program grants are “very competitive and we are very fortunate to receive funding from this round of supplemental appropriations,” Banfield said. “Each year the FAA receives funding requests that substantially exceed the amounts available.”

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