Augusta Airport Receives Infrastructure Funding – Butler County Times-Gazette
By Times-Gazette staff
Augsta Municipal Airport is on track to receive more than $159,000 in federal funds from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed earlier this year.
It’s a fund that was highlighted by FAA Deputy Administrator Bradley Mims during his visit to the airport this week.
“These communities may be small, but they have a significant impact on the safe and efficient operation of our national airspace system. With this new funding, Augusta Municipal and airports across the country will be able to work on projects that have been waiting for years,” FAA Deputy Administrator A. Bradley Mims said during his visit to the airport. .
Augusta Municipal Airport is set to receive $159,000 in BIL funding for fiscal year 2022. This program enables investments in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminals, airport transit links and road projects. The bipartisan Infrastructure Act invests $20 billion in airports across the country.
President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law sends investments to revitalize and rebuild small communities and municipalities across the country.
The infrastructure law includes investments in broadband internet, roads and bridges, drinking water, sanitation systems and electricity.
According to an FAA press release, the Biden administration is “committed to working with communities to help them access federal resources and improve transparency. In smaller cities across the country, like Augusta, the bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides funding, flexibilities, and historic benefits.
The FAA has listed the following benefits for small communities:
PROVIDING HIGH-SPEED INTERNET TO EVERY HOME:
More than 35% of rural Americans and tribal communities lack wired broadband access at acceptable speeds. The bipartisan Infrastructure Act invests $65 billion to make high-speed Internet available to all Americans, lower prices for high-speed Internet in all areas, and provide technical assistance to rural communities looking to expand the high debit.
CREATING WELL-PAYING JOBS CLEANING UP LEGACY POLLUTION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES:
The President is committed to (1) creating well-paying jobs in rural communities across
countries and (2) ensuring that these communities are safe and high quality places to live. Pollution inherited from industries that extracted natural resources from rural areas and left behind huge amounts of environmental degradation has stunted the economic growth and success of rural communities.
MAKING A HISTORIC INVESTMENT IN RURAL MOBILITY:
Limited access to transportation options in rural and remote areas hurts rural Americans’ access to jobs, basic services, and their communities at large. The bipartisan Infrastructure Act invests billions of dollars to ensure rural families can get where they need to go.
PROVIDING SECURE, HIGH-QUALITY ROADS AND BRIDGES TO RURAL COMMUNITIES:
While Americans living in rural areas make up only 20% of the population, they account for nearly half of all road deaths. The bipartisan Infrastructure Act will provide safer roads, bridges, crossings and other improvements essential to the quality and safety of our roads.
ENSURE CLEAN DRINKING WATER AND BASIC SANITATION IN EVERY HOME:
Across the country, including in rural and tribal communities, pipes and sewage treatment plants are aging and polluted drinking water is endangering public health. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act’s transformative investment in our water and wastewater infrastructure will fundamentally change the quality of life for millions of Americans by eliminating lead pipes, providing essential access to sanitation, and more.
BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE:
Last year, the United States faced 22 extreme weather and climate disasters with losses of more than $1 billion, or a cumulative cost of nearly $100 billion. These included floods, fires and damaging windstorms in rural America. The bipartisan infrastructure law will improve the resilience of rural communities.