Springfield-Beckley to receive more than $6 million in federal airport funding

Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport will receive more than $6 million in federal funding geared toward airport upgrades and the creation of a base-wide mircogrid.

A total of $295,000 will be awarded to Springfield’s airport annually over the next five years through an airport infrastructure grant. These airport infrastructure grant funds can be used toward projects to improve and replace runways, taxiways, and airport-owned towers. The bill also expands this program to include terminal improvement and multimodal connections to the airport, according to a press release from Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) office.

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“Upgrading and modernizing our airports will create tens of thousands of jobs and play a key role in attracting business and growing Ohio’s economy, both in the near term and for many years to come,” said Portman. “Now that air travel is beginning to ramp up as we work to get through this pandemic, it is the right time to make significant investments in our airports to ensure they will be able to meet the increasing demands of services.”

For large and medium primary hub airports, the grant covers 75% of eligible costs, according to the release. For small primary, reliever, and general aviation airports, the grant covers 90-95% of the costs.

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This grant award is among the $254 million in airport infrastructure funding awarded to 100 airports across the state.

Springfield-Beckley is also expected to be allotted $4.7 million though national defense grant funding to create the microgrid in order to conserve energy and reduce costs for the Department of Defense, according to a press release from the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown.

“The project at Springfield Beckley is an important step to make sure the base is energy efficient ,” Brown said.

The microgrid project is a part of $58 million of funding dedicated to military construction projects through the National Defense Authorization Act, which now is off to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

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