The U.S Department of Transportation announced last week that it will award $650,000 in an airport infrastructure grant to the Town of Stevensville for an apron replacement project at the Stevensville Municipal Airport.
This grant is part of an $10.8 billion investment by the Trump Administration in more than 2,000 airports across the United States for safety and infrastructure improvements since January 2017.
“This grant is a key funding opportunity for Stevensville’s airport and the infrastructure improvements that are planned in the coming year" said Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey. “A lot of planning, on the part of the airport board, engineers and the administration, has gone into making sure these projects are ready to go when the funding is available.”
The grant comes after a $910,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration was awarded in September.
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The apron replacement is part of a larger project at Stevensville’s Airport that will not only update the aging pavement on the apron but will rehabilitate taxi lanes that lead to the runway, which was reconstructed in 2017. The project will also improve some of the airport’s lighting. The entire project is estimated to cost $1.7 million and will be paid for through grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and other federal and state programs matched by user fees collected through the airport’s operations. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.
The Stevensville Municipal Airport is a general aviation airport owned and operated by the Town of Stevensville. It is 2 miles northeast of the town and consists of 117 acres with a 3,800-foot runway.
The airport, with more than 85 based aircraft, experiences approximately 12,500 aircraft operations annually and employs just under 100 full-time positions.