Alec Hills - Jul 17, 2022
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to allocate nearly $1 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Act funds to modernize 85 airports across the country, including constructing new air traffic control towers.

"We must increase the capacity of our country's airport terminals, increase energy efficiency, promote competition and provide greater accessibility for people with disabilities," the agency said in a statement.

President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, maintains a historic investment in the nation's infrastructure and competitiveness.

"This investment is about building safer, more accessible, and sustainable terminals. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act also secures the future of jobs and training for our nation's workforce," said Bradley Mims, FAA deputy administrator.

Among the terminals expected to receive more resources is Orlando Airport, which will receive $50 million to build four runways capable of serving four wide-body or eight narrow-body aircraft.

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport will receive $35 million to build a carbon-neutral power plant to help the airport achieve its goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2030.

The Pittsburgh airport will receive $20 million to build a new, much larger terminal adjacent to the existing one.

Huntsville Intl-Carl T Jones Field will receive $10 million to replace outdated elevators, escalators, and mechanical equipment; one elevator and three escalators will be added.

With $10 million, Seattle-Tacoma Airport will complete Phase 3 of a restroom upgrade that will include energy-efficient lighting, low-flow fixtures, refillable water bottle stations, and new rest areas.

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