QUINCY — The announcement of an infrastructure grant for Quincy Regional Airport will allow for continued runway improvements.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that the airport would receive a $2.1 million grant to rebuild a runway at the airport.
Part of the money — $1.1 million in discretionary funds — was announced last week by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.
The funds are going toward the reconstruction of Runway 13/31, which is 5,397 feet long and 150 feet wide. Crossing the other two runways at the airport, it handles planes on approach from the northwest or southeast.
Airport Director Terrance Ward said the runway pavement is old and needs to be replaced.
“This will allow us to maintain a high safety standard at the airport and provide a safe takeoff and landing for the aviation traffic,” Ward said.
The first phase of the project is ongoing, and the second phase is expected to start within the next few months.
The 241 FAA grants worth $677 million will fund 346 projects at 214 airports in 43 states. The grants are the first part of $3.2 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding for airports across the country.
Airports can get a certain amount of Airport Improvement Program entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If an airport’s capital project needs exceed its available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement the entitlements with discretionary funding.
“If you want a strong transportation system, you have to invest in airport infrastructure,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who announced the grants Wednesday in Washington, D.C. “Airports are the backbone of aviation. These communities are going to reap greater safety, efficiency and economic dividends for years to come.”
Ward said Runway 04/22 would be the next runway slated for repairs
“That’s the oldest pavement on the airport,” he said.
Built in the 1940s, the nearly 7,100-foot runway could require up to $18 million in work if the FAA insists on a line-of-sight rule, meaning the entire runway must be visible from a point 5 feet above the pavement.