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Jul 12, 2016

Tester Announces $4.5 Million for Local Airport Improvements

(U.S. Senate) - As part of his ongoing effort to strengthen Montana's air travel infrastructure, Senator Jon Tester announced today that three Montana airports will receive a total of $4.5 million in federal funding for expansions, updates, and improvements.

"We rely on air travel to connect families, transport tourists, and support businesses throughout our great state," Tester said. "These investments in Montana's air travel infrastructure are critical to helping our economy thrive."

The specific allocation of funding is as follows:
Stevensville Airport - $1,999,142

  • For the installation of new weather reporting equipment to enhance the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations.
  • For the extension and rehabilitation of runways and runway lighting systems to enhance safe airfield operations and increase visibility during harsh conditions.
  • For the replacement and installation of airfield guidance sign fixtures to enhance the safety of aircraft movements.

Glacier Park International Airport - $1,204,079

  • For structural enhancements to ensure the safe movement of passengers.
  • For the acquisition of new land to extend and create new runways, expanding flight capacity. 
  • For new training systems to help airport employees increase safety and efficiency of airport operations. 

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport - $2,324,655

  • For the first phase of constructing a new runway to reduce congestion during peak traffic periods and improve operational efficiency of the airport.

 

The funding is being awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides grants to help develop and improve air travel infrastructure across the country.

Tester also announced last week that Great Falls International Airport received $8.9 million through the AIP, which will go toward constructing a new taxiway and extending a runway, among other improvements.

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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