Tester Delivers More Than $11 Million for Ravalli County Airport
$11,800,000 to fund safety, airfield improvements
(U.S. Senate) - As part of his ongoing effort to #ConnectMT by investing in critical infrastructure improvements, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has secured $11,800,000 for the Ravalli County Airport in Hamilton.
The grant will fund safety improvements and landside projects at the airport.
"Rural Montana relies on airports to support the economy, provide better access for life saving flights, and connect families," said Tester, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "Investing in local infrastructure will help support businesses in Ravalli County and get folks where they need to go."
Tester was the only member of Montana's delegation to vote for the bipartisan budget agreement that provided this funding through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program.
Tester secured $1,850,000 to install weather equipment and repair the taxiway at the Ravalli County Airport last year, part of the over $20 million in federal feuding Tester helped secure for Montana airports in 2018.
Tester has made it a priority to reinvest in Montana's infrastructure. He secured funding to continue Essential Air Service at seven Montana airports and support for long-distance rail service in February's government funding deal, and is pushing members on both sides of the aisle to work together to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package to repair roads, invest in air travel, and improve access to broadband in Montana.