Donnelly Welcomes Federal Grants for Airports in Indianapolis, Anderson, Columbus, Knox, Salem, Marion, Muncie and Elkhart

Grants from the Department of Transportation will help airports improve safety and operations

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today announced federal grants that will help safety and operations at eight Hoosier airports: the Indianapolis International Airport, the Anderson Municipal-Darlington Field Airport, the Elkhart Municipal Airport, the Salem Municipal Airport, the Delaware County Regional Airport in Muncie, the Starke County Airport in Knox, the Columbus Municipal Airport, and the Marion Municipal Airport. These discretionary grants are funded by the Department of Transportation, and are in addition to the funding airports may receive from annual apportionments.

Donnelly said, "Indiana’s airports help provide economic opportunities for local communities. These grants will help improve the safety and efficiency of operations at airports across the state, helping Hoosier travelers and boosting local and regional economies for Hoosier families.”

Details on the federal grants:

  • Indianapolis International Airport
    • $7,153,333 to rehabilitate Runway 14/32, including runway lighting.
    • $112,500 to support Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program (VALE) efforts that reduce emissions.
  • Anderson Municipal Airport – Darlington Field
    • $1,496,434 for Runway 12/30 and runway lighting rehabilitation.
  • Columbus Municipal Airport
    • $845,400 to rehabilitate Taxiways A4 and C.
  • Delaware County Regional Airport in Muncie
    • $775,561 for Runway 03/21 and taxiway lighting rehabilitation.
  • Salem Municipal Airport
    • $736,063 for new runway construction.
  • Marion Municipal Airport
    • $608,550 to construct a new taxiway.
  • Starke County Airport in Knox
    • $500,000 to extend Runway 18/36.
  • Elkhart Municipal Airport
    • $357,780 to remove potential obstructions, improving safety and operations.

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