More Funds Flowing to Local Airports

Maggie Wall/KMXT

Two Kodiak area airports will share nearly four-and-half-million dollars thanks to grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The grants were part of a major spending package announced by Alaska’s Congressional delegation earlier this month. The package included $43 million for Alaska airports including Anchorage, Juneau and in several smaller communities.

On Kodiak Island, the state airport is set to receive $2 million to rehabilitate runway lighting and on Spruce Island, the village of Ouzinkie will receive $2.4 million to further fund its new airport.

In the Bristol Bay region, the former Air Force Base runway in King Salmon will also get $2 million to rehabilitate its lighting.

Another grant – this one from the U.S. Geological Survey – is likely to benefit the Aleutian Chain region. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources will receive more than $300,000 for Alaska volcano and hazard assessment and monitoring.

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