Washington to benefit from grant for NC airports

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Sen. Thom Tillis announced last week that the bipartisan infrastructure signed into law by President Joe Biden last month includes $458 million for North Carolina’s airports. Several eastern North Carolina airports will benefit from that funding over the next five years, including Washington-Warren Airport.

The funds come from the Airport Infrastructure Grant included in the infrastructure package.

“I was proud to work in the bipartisan group to create and pass the infrastructure package, which is fully funded and will bring billions of dollars for targeted infrastructure needs to North Carolina,” Tillis said in a statement. “North Carolina airports will receive more than $458 million over the next five years and these investments will go a long way in improving major and regional airports across our state. This airport funding will continue to drive economic development throughout our rural and urban communities, and I look forward to seeing these investments deployed to improve our critical infrastructure assets in the state.”

Washington-Warren is set to receive a first-year allocation of $159,000. Hyde County Airport’s allocation is $110,000, and Pitt-Greenville Aiport’s allocation is $1,035,200.

Approximately $2.89 billion in first-year funding has been made available to airports around the nation.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build safer and more sustainable airports that connect individuals to jobs and communities to the world,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “With this new funding, urban, regional and rural airports across the country now can get to work on projects that have waited for years, modernizing their infrastructure and building a better America.”