WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award an estimated $24.5 million to Iowa’s 77 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 Iowa airports will receive.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build safer and more sustainable airports that connect individuals to jobs and communities to the world,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With this new funding, urban, regional and rural airports across the country now can get to work on projects that have waited for years, modernizing their infrastructure and building a better America.”
Iowa 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 Iowa are estimated to receive funding during the first year of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:
* Cedar Rapids Municipal in Cedar Rapids: $4,208,379
* Des Moines International in Des Moines: $5,490,066
* Dubuque Regional in Dubuque: $1,024,664
* Sioux Gateway/Brig Gen Bud Day Field in Sioux City: $1,030,552
* Waterloo Regional in Waterloo: $1,015,240
An additional 72 reliever and general aviation airports across Iowa 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 Iowa 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.