ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona’s airports to get nearly $70 million from infrastructure law in first year

Dec 17, 2021, 4:45 AM

(Facebook photo/Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport)...

(Facebook photo/Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport)

(Facebook photo/Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport)

PHOENIX — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday Arizona’s 58 airports will receive $69.5 million over the next year for infrastructure improvements.

The funds are made available by the recently-approved Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) helped negotiate.

The money can be used for runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects. It’s the first of five rounds of funding Arizona airports will receive.

More than half of the funds will go to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which will be awarded about $41 million.

“That funding will enable us to begin construction on a new taxiway – a very important addition that we would not be able to start on immediately without this funding,” said Greg Roybal, public information officer for Sky Harbor Airport.

The taxiway is projected to cost $280 million. It would connect the north and south airfields on the west side of the airport.

Roybal said the taxiway would “increase our efficiency, decrease wait times for takeoffs and landings and allow passengers to be able to get to their gates more quickly.”

Other projects include a connector bridge between terminals 3 and 4 and additional infrastructure improvements to terminal 4.

In the East Valley, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will receive $4.5 million.

“That is huge for us,” said Ryan Smith, director of communications for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. “That allows us to move forward on projects that we were saving money for, waiting for and had delayed.”

He said they plan to use some of the funds to replace four aging portable gates that were installed on a temporary basis in 2007. There will be an indoor walkway that connects those gates to the other terminal.

There are also plans to add more gates, which Smith said will hopefully bring in new airlines.

Airports will need to submit proposals to the FAA on projects they wish to use the funds for over the coming weeks. The FAA said in a statement it encourages airports “to prioritize projects that increase airport safety, equity and sustainability.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

File photo of Phoenix Police cruiser with lights on at night...

KTAR.com

Collision leaves 1 dead, another seriously injured in north Phoenix

Police is investigating a collision that killed one adult man and seriously injured another in north Phoenix.

6 hours ago

File photo showing the side of a Phoenix police department SUV stopped in front of a wall on the si...

KTAR.com

South Phoenix collision leaves 1 dead, 2 others hospitalized

Phoenix detectives are investigating a collision Sunday morning that left one passenger dead, two other people hospitalized.

6 hours ago

(KTAR file photos)...

KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Phoenix news stories from March 1-3

From bad driving and airport expansions to crimes and sliders, here are some of the biggest stories in Phoenix from this weekend.

6 hours ago

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court has h...

Associated Press

Supreme Court decision on Trump’s election status could come Monday morning

A SCOTUS decision could come Monday in the case about whether Trump can be kicked off the ballot over his efforts to undo his 2020 defeat.

7 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley poses for a selfie after speakin...

Associated Press

Nikki Haley wins D.C. Republican primary, her first 2024 victory

Nikki Haley has won the Republican primary in the District of Columbia, notching her first victory of the 2024 campaign.

7 hours ago

FILE - A voting sign is seen near a voting center at Croft Baptist Church, Feb. 24, 2024, in Sparta...

Associated Press

A chunk of Republican primary and caucus voters say they wouldn’t vote for Trump as the GOP nominee

About 1 in 10 early contest voters who said they supported Trump in the 2020 general election said they wouldn’t be doing so this year.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Arizona’s airports to get nearly $70 million from infrastructure law in first year