July 9, 2019
Jacksonville’s Cecil Airport has received a $2 million slice of a $477 million federal airport infrastructure grant for improvements to the Westside facility’s runways, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s award is the third allotment of a total $3.18 billion Airport Improvement Program funding for facilities across the United States, with this grant going to 10 Florida airports from Key West to Pensacola.
“This significant investment in airport improvements in Florida will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.
A total of 276 grants will be given to 264 airports in 44 states, the Pacific Islands, and the District of Columbia, FAA officials said. The projects paid for by these grants will increase airport safety, emergency response capabilities and capacity.
The $2 million Cecil Airport grant will be used to rehabilitate a runway and install airfield guidance signs. The 23,000-acre Cecil Commerce Center’s runways and hangars handle military and private aircraft including Boeing and Pratt and Whitney maintenance facilities and Florida State College at Jacksonville’s aviation program there.
By Dan Scanlan