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Akaka, Inouye announce $2.9M for airport renovations

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U.S. Sens. Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye have announced $2.9 million in federal grants will be awarded to airports on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Molokai.

“Hawaii’s airports provide residents access to friends and family, doctors and patients, and customers and business partners,” Akaka said. “Air travel is critical in our island state, and regular improvements are essential.”

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes the need to maintain our air travel infrastructure to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. These funds will help ensure that those traveling to and from Hilo, Hana, and Kalaupapa enjoy safe and timely air travel,” Inouye said.

Federal grants were awarded by the FAA to the following projects:

* Hilo International: Rehabilitate Apron, Rehabilitate Taxiway – $2,592,500

This grant will provide federal funding for the Hilo International Airport in Hawaii to maintain the structural integrity of the taxiway and General Aviation Apron pavements threatened by surface variations and cracks. The project will also correct severe ponding observed at Taxiways A, C, E, and L as the existing drainage is insufficient, and fix various striping, signage and lighting to comply with FAA part 139 requirements.

* Hana: Improve Terminal Building – $150,000

This grant will provide federal funding for the Hana Airport in Hawaii for the design phase to renovate and improve the public-use area in the existing terminal building. The project will perform site investigation, propose scope of work to be done, generate bid documents, and provide post-design services for a project whose focus will be to renovate terminal spaces.

* Kalaupapa: Improve Terminal Building – $150,000

This grant will provide federal funding for the Kalaupapa Airport in Hawaii for the design phase to renovate and improve the public-use area in the existing terminal building. The project will perform site investigation, propose scope of work to be done, generate bid documents, and provide post-design services for a project whose focus will be to renovate terminal spaces.

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