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Salt Lake airport gets more than $7.6M in infrastructure grants

A jet passes the north concourse under construction at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Officials noted the $3.6 billion redesign of the airport is on final approach, with less than a year to go until its first phase is slated to open to the public on Sept. 15, 2020.
A jet passes the north concourse under construction at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Monday, Sept. 30, 3019, the airport will receive more than $7.6 million to construct an apron. 
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Monday the Salt Lake City International Airport will receive more than $7.6 million to construct an apron.

In total, $157 million in airport infrastructure grants were awarded to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program funding for airports across the U.S.

“Infrastructure projects funded by these grants will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” Chao said in a statement.

Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, noise mitigation, emissions reduction, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons and terminals.

The Salt lake City International Airport is currently undergoing a $3.6 million rebuild. The first phase is scheduled to open to the public in September 2020.

No taxpayer dollars are being used to fund the redevelopment, according to airport officials. Instead, it’s being funded using a combination of airline and passenger fees.