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Another day, another airport grant announcement for Georgia

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(The Center Square) — The federal government announced a pair of airport grants for Georgia, including money for an airport in middle Georgia and a statewide grant program.

The funding is part of nearly $187 million in taxpayer-backed grants for 90 airport-related projects in 34 states that the Federal Aviation Administration announced on Friday. The funding was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which some call the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The feds announced more than $1.5 million to the Georgia State Block Grant Program to build or improve parking lots, rehabilitate runways, replace runway markings and signage and update airport master plans or studies.

The feds also announced more than $1 million to extend a runway at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon.

A spokesperson for the Middle Georgia Regional Airport did not respond to a Friday request for comment, and a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Transportation, which handles the Georgia State Block Grant Program, did not immediately have more information.

“These grants not only invest in the physical infrastructure of our airports, but also in strengthening safety and improving efficiency for travelers, and help the economy thrive,” FAA Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta R. Griffin said in an announcement.

Earlier this month, federal officials said the Peach State was poised to receive $120 million for airport infrastructure upgrades across the state as part of the fiscal 2024 Airport Infrastructure Grant program. That money was also included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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