After construction workers removed siding from the facade of the Kenai Municipal Airport, a mural with iconic Kenai images like fishing nets, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox chapel and a dog musher, was revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska.(Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

After construction workers removed siding from the facade of the Kenai Municipal Airport, a mural with iconic Kenai images like fishing nets, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox chapel and a dog musher, was revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska.(Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai airport to receive $1.2 million federal grant

The FAA is awarding $495 million in airport infrastructure grants

The Kenai Municipal Airport will receive a $1.2 million grant to repair runways, aprons and taxiways from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a press release from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

The FAA is awarding $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in the Airport Improvement Program, which is offering funding for airports across the country, totaling 358 grants for 327 airports in 46 states and the Pacific Islands, according to the release.

“The construction and equipment supported by this funding increases the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region,” the release said.

In Alaska, grants will be given to numerous community airports across the state, including Atqasuk, Utqiagvik, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kenai, Nome, Palmer, Unalaska and Tooksook Bay.

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