Over $24 million in federal infrastructure grants will go to Iowa airports next year, including 10 airports in north Iowa.
The Airport Infrastructure Grants program, established under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed earlier this year, allocates various funding levels to Iowa airports of all sizes each year for the next five years. The money can be invested in runway and taxiway projects as well as terminal and airport roadway upgrades.
Airports receiving $159,000 each include the Northeast Iowa Regional Airport of Charles City, plus the Algona, Decorah, Forest City, Hampton, Independence and Oelwein municipal airports. The Manchester and Waverly municipal airports will each get $110,000. Mason City Municipal Airport will receive $295,000.
Bipartisan passage of the law included support from Senator Chuck Grassley, who said in a statement, “Aviation plays a crucial role in keeping Iowans connected with each other and with the rest of the nation. We depend on sound airport infrastructure for everything from keeping our crops healthy and abundant to moving people and products about our state. This series of investments into Iowa airports represents one of many real infrastructure projects that will help Iowa stay connected and competitive for years to come.”