Glasgow Courier: Tester Secures Nearly $30 Million For Montana’s Airports

As a part of his continued efforts to upgrade critical infrastructure and support Montana’s rural economies, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has secured $29,315,277 for Montana’s airports for repairs and improvements for runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects.

This funding comes from Tester’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and is awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Grants. Tester negotiated the IIJA with a group of five Republicans, four Democrats, and President Biden, and was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to support the legislation.

“Montanans rely on safe and reliable service from rural and regional airports to grow their businesses and stay connected to family and friends – and investing in these airports is critically important to keep pace with growing demand and modern technology,” said Tester. “I was proud to work across the aisle to secure these vital investments, and I’ll keep fighting to deliver projects like these to the communities that keep our state thriving.”

This funding has been awarded to airports around the state including Wokal Field/Glasgow-Valley County which received $144,000. Surrounding airports who also received funding was Malta Airport, Dawson Community – Glendive, Scobey Airport, who all received $113,000 each while L.M. Clayton Airport, Wolf Point, also received $144,000.

This past year Tester secured approximately $144 million for Montana’s airports through the IIJA, which will be awarded over five years. This funding can be used to construct or repair runways and taxiways as well as make terminal and gate improvements.