BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Congressman Troy Carter announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $5.2 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR).
The airport will use the money to replace two passenger boarding bridges, bring reliability, energy efficiency, improved customer service experience, and enhance access points for people with disabilities to the airport.
“I am so proud to share that the Infrastructure Law is bringing home $5.2 million to improve accessibility and reliability at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport,” said Congressman Carter. “Safe and efficient airports are essential to the economic well-being of Louisiana. As our entryways to the world, we must ensure our airports put our best foot forward and are as accessible, dependable, and as energy efficient as possible. The Infrastructure Law will help make this a reality here in Louisiana and across the country.”
BTR is one of 90 airports to receive a grant from the fund, two of which are in Louisiana. Lake Charles Regional Airport is also a recipient, receiving $2.5 million from the grant for similar improvements. These updates in addition to the update of MSY last October make for three Louisiana airport renewals in the past eight months, all funded by federal grants.
The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, makes a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. It will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, upgrade and expand public transit, modernize the nation’s ports and airports, improve safety, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably to help everyone get ahead for decades to come.
As a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Carter worked on, advocated and voted for this transformative legislation. Despite the Infrastructure Law bringing home over $7 billion to Louisiana, he was the only member of the state’s House Delegation to vote in support.