LNAA awarded $10.4 million in FAA Grants
September 3, 2020
Projects include Runway Rehabilitation Projects at ABE and XLL
(Hanover Township, PA) – On Tuesday, September 1st, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA) received notification regarding multiple grant awards totaling $10,470,246 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with funds stemming from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The LNAA Board of Governors reviewed and accepted the grant offers on September 9th.
According to a press release from the FAA, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao outlined the distribution of more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants to 405 airports in 50 states. https://bit.ly/3hSjWBy
The majority of the funding from this grant award is for Phase III Construction of the Runway 6-24 Rehabilitation Project at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE). Phase III has a total cost of $9,705,812 and includes pavement rehabilitation and strengthening within the intersection of Runway 6-24 and Runway 13-31, along with additional pavement strengthening on the Runway 24 end.
- FAA AIP Grant 3-42-0001-110-2020: $9,641,712
- FAA AIP Grant 3-42-0001-111-2020: $64,100
Last rehabilitated in 1999, the current reconstruction project started two years ago (2018) with an estimated project cost of $90 million.
Additionally, Queen City Airport (XLL) located in City of Allentown also benefits from two (2) FAA grant awards totaling $764,438 for the second phase of obstruction removal and engineering design for the rehabilitation of Runway 15-33.
- FAA AIP Grant 3-42-0002-027-2020: $424,405
- FAA AIP Grant 3-42-0002-029-2020: $340,033
“These are all critical safety and operational improvements to the runway infrastructure at both Lehigh Valley International Airport and Queen City Airport. The LNAA appreciates the recognition of both the FAA and federal legislators representing our region as we continue efforts to be the best regional airport system in North America,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, LNAA.