Today, Senator Joe Donnelly announced a federal grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will allow the Evansville Regional Airport to complete its runway rehabilitation project.
Under the FAA's Airport Improvement Program, Evansville Regional Airport was awarded approximately $13.7 million. With this grant, airport officials estimate that the current project is expected to finish a full year ahead of its December 2015 target date.
Donnelly said, "Hoosier families and businesses rely on our state's efficient infrastructure to get from one place to the next or to move goods and services. This grant provided by the Federal Aviation Administration will allow the Evansville Regional Airport to improve its runway so that passengers continue to be safe traveling in and out of Indiana."
Douglas Joest, Airport Manager of the Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District, said, "We look forward to receiving this additional grant for the Runway Safety Area Project here at Evansville Regional Airport. We greatly appreciate Senator Donnelly's efforts in keeping this project on track, especially given the challenging budget environment. This latest grant will enable us to finish the project more than a year before the deadline of December 31, 2015."