Easterwood Airport gets $2.8 million federal grant

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Easterwood Airport is getting a $2.8 million federal grant to rehabilitate the taxiways, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Senator John Cornyn.

The funding comes through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program.

"Access to safe and efficient infrastructure is critical as so many Texans travel for work, leisure, and visiting loved ones," said Sen. Cornyn, in a press release. "I proudly supported this funding in the Senate, and I thank President Trump and Secretary Chao for supporting the needs of Texans in Brazos County."

KBTX has reached out to Easterwood Airport and the Texas A&M System for their reaction to this announcement.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Thursday that the FAA will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program.

"This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation," said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

There will be a total of 358 grants to 327 airports around the country in 46 states and the Pacific Islands. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increase the airports' safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport's region.