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Monroe Regional Airport set for $1.4 million from latest infrastructure law

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Cory Crowe
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Monroe Regional Airport tower as seen from Malone Stadium

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award an estimated $35.7 million to Louisiana’s 51 airports from funding made available by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects. This is the first of five annual rounds of funding Louisiana airports will receive.

Louisiana airports can submit projects they wish to use the funds on for FAA review in the coming weeks. The FAA encourages airports to prioritize projects that increase airport safety, equity and sustainability. The agency also plans to conduct outreach with the minority business community on these opportunities at airports across the nation.

The following commercial airports in Louisiana are estimated to receive funding during the first year of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:

Alexandria International Airport: $1,616,469

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport-Ryan Field: $3,116,982

Lafayette Regional Airport-Paul Fournet Field: $2,386,251

Lake Charles Regional Airport: $1,040,240

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport: $14,527,150

Monroe Regional Airport: $1,456,039

Shreveport Regional Airport: $2,792,879

An additional 44 reliever and general aviation airports across Louisiana are also estimated to receive funding during the first year of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. For an interactive map and listing of funding for all Louisiana airports, visit https://www.faa.gov/bil/airport-infrastructure.

The money comes from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program, one of three new aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The law provides $15 billion over five years for this program. The FAA estimates the backlog of airport modernization and safety projects totals $43.6 billion.