U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Lafayette Regional Airport a grant of $1.1 million for improvements to its runway safety areas.
"The Lafayette Regional Airport serves as a critical hub of commerce and travel for Southwest Louisiana," Sen. Landrieu said. "This $1.1 million investment will allow the Lafayette Airport to continue to provide air travelers with a safe flying experience while fueling the local economy."
"This funding is vital to a Runway Safety Area enhancement project which not only provides a critical project component, but also enables continuity to the overall, multi-phased, three year project," said Director of Aviation to the Lafayette Airport Greg Roberts. "The citizens of Lafayette and Acadiana are grateful for the attention to this critical safety enhancement and to all those who made it happen."
This multi-phased, three-year project is part of Lafayette Regional Airport's $28 million runway improvement project. Runway Safety Areas (RSAs) were mandated by Congress in 2005 and require 1,000 feet of safety area. Money from this grant will help the airport to meet the regulation deadline of December 31, 2015.