Baton Rouge Metro Airport wins $7M federal grant

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport will receive $7 million in a federal grant, a ranking House aviation panel member has announced.

The award, from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program, accompanies a $15 million grant secured earlier this year. Both awards were secured by Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana).

“This tranche should accelerate the improvements happening at our airport, allowing travelers in the Capital Region and across South Louisiana to reap the benefits,” Graves said in a statement. “This is a big win.”

The airport boasts millions in state and federal investments. The facility’s latest master plan received initial funding last year from the FAA, along with a matching grant from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, totaling $6.5 million. The plan includes runway, safety and other development projects.

Crews will develop the Baton Rouge airport’s runway safety area and protection zone by removing and relocating a portion of Plank Road. It will provide a graded area, should an aircraft overrun, undershoot or veer off the side of the runway.

“As the airport continues to grow and develop, the community and surrounding area will be provided unique opportunities to do the same,” Baton Rouge Metro Airport aviation director Mike Edwards said.

The FAA’s airport improvement program became law last March, through President Donald Trump’s signature. The initiative lets U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao issue grants for selected, authorized projects.

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