USDOT announces grant funding for airports, including Orange County

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local airport is getting some federal funding to improve infrastructure.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $477 million in grants for airport infrastructure projects in 44 states.

This is the third chunk of the total $3.18 billion for the Airport Improvement Program funding.

"This significant investment in airport improvements in Virginia will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation," said Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The Orange County Airport is getting $115,000 to remove obstructions.

Other airports in Virginia that are getting some funding include the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, the Norfolk International Airport, and the Winchester Regional Airport.

The Commonwealth is also getting some funding to be used to conduct a state system plan study.

In total, 276 grants are going to 264 airports across the country, the Pacific Islands and the District of Columbia.

Projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and maintenance of taxiways, aprons and terminals.

There are more than 3,300 airports and 5,000 paved runways in the United States, which the Federal Aviation Administration says accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.

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