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FAA grants $21M to Metro Airport for runway reconstruction

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Romulus — The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Metro Airport $21.44 million for runway reconstruction, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. 

The FAA's Airport Improvement Program will grant $478 million this year to airports in America.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the state's largest airport, received the largest grant of any airport in Michigan. Metro Airport has six runways. Four are primary, two are crosswind.

Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus.

The grant funds will rehab runway 3L/21R, a departure runway, and its taxiways, said airport spokeswoman Lisa Gass.

Metro Airport is in the midst of a $256 million capital improvement project, which started in April and will be complete by November 2020. Airport revenue bonds will cover what the grant does not.

"During this time, passengers will see the construction but flights will not be impacted," Gass said.

Others include $11 million to Gerald Ford Airport in Grand Rapids, for apron rehabilitation, $1.54 million to Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for an environmental study, and $527,250 for Alpena County Regional Airport, so it can buy snow removal equipment.

All told, the FAA awarded grants to 232 airports in 43 states, according to a transportation department statement. America has 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways.

Some 35 million travelers come through Metro Airport each year.