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State airports to receive almost $14M in federal funding

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Almost $14 million is on the way to New Mexico to be used for maintenance projects at 16 airports around the state.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced Friday that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $13,810,189 in funding for the projects.

The money will support critical rehabilitation, construction and maintenance projects to repair and improve local airports across the state.

The largest projects are in Doña Ana County, the Four Corners region and in Lea County.

The Doña Ana County International Jetport in Santa Teresa will receive $4,914,603 to reconstruct 8,500 feet of an existing runway. The Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington will receive $3,450,000 for runway improvements to enhance the safety of airport operations. The Lea County Regional Airport in Hobbs will receive $1,998,315 for runway improvements.

Funding for other projects around the state range from $798,000 to reconstruct 2,500 feet of the existing taxiway pavement at Cavern City Air Terminal Airport in Carlsbad to $50,000 to reconstruct 22,600 square yards of the existing terminal and general aviation apron pavements at Grant County Airport in Silver City.

Udall said local airports “are engines of economic growth and shared prosperity for communities across New Mexico.”

“This critical funding will bolster regional economies, boost tourism, and ensure that pilots and travelers can fly safely and easily,” he said.

Torres Small added that the grants “will enable our airports to modernize their infrastructure and enhance safety, while also strengthening local economies.”

Luján said he was pleased the grants “help the airports continue to connect people to the beauty of New Mexico.”

Heinrich said the funding would help modernize New Mexico airports and make them safer for travelers and pilots. Haaland said the improvements would help communities market businesses.

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