POLITICS

Vitter announces $3M in statewide airport investment grants

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has announced that eight Louisiana airports will be receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling $3,056,681 for infrastructure updates.

“Investing in our state’s transportation infrastructure helps to support commerce and increase safety for all Louisianians, which is why I’m glad to see some of our most deserving airports receive these grants,” Vitter said.

The Ascension-St. James Airport and Transportation Authority will be receiving a grant of $300,000 for a runway extension project and updating runway signal and lighting structures at the Louisiana Regional Airport in Gonzales.

The St. Landry Parish-Ahart Field Airport in Opelousas, La. will be receiving a grant of $83,279 for a project rehabilitating existing runway, providing for increased structural integrity and minimize debris.

The Town of Vivian will be receiving a grant of $1,100,000 to fund a project paving 3,000 feet of runway at the Vivian Airport.

The City of Abbeville will be receiving a grant of $600,000 to realign a taxiway at the Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial Airport.

The LaSalle Economic Development District will be receiving a grant of $400,000 for a project to rehabilitate runway and update the master plan of the Jena Airport in Jena.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission will be receiving a grant of $111,042 to fund a project making improvements to the airfield drainage system at the South Lafourche Leonard Miller Jr. Airport in Galliano.

The City of Shreveport’s Shreveport Downtown Airport and Shreveport Regional Airport with will be receiving grants of $162,919 and $299,441, respectively, to fund projects paving taxiways.