Abraham announces $17 million for Alexandria airport
WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D, R-Alto, announced Friday that the Department of Transportation has awarded the Alexandria International Airport (AEX) at England Airpark nearly $17 million in federal grant funds.
The total amount of $16,975,000 represents grant funding for three separate projects.
A $10 million grant will fund noise mitigation measures at residences adjacent to the Alexandria International Airport to meet requirements outlined in the latest Airport Noise Compatibility Plan.
A $4.95 million grant will fund construction of an emergency access road to improve emergency personnel’s ability to respond to emergency and evacuation activities at the airport.
A $2.025 million grant will fund reconstruction of 63,500 square yards of apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.
The airport received the funds for the access road and the apron pavement project as part of the airport’s inclusion in the Military Airport Program.
“These federal funds represent a significant investment in the Alexandria International Airport, investments that will help the airport continue to be one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in the region,” Dr. Abraham said.
England Authority Chairman Mike Johnson said, “The England Authority would like thank Congressman Abraham and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation for its support of AEX. These funds will make possible improvements that will last decades; create jobs; enhance air travel; improve disaster response and support national security. We are honored and humbled by this investment in Central Louisiana.”