US approves $47.5M to build new Newtok airport, repair 2

Newtok was granted more than $21.1 million to construct a new airport scheduled to be completed by 2023.

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ANCHORAGE — The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved about $47.5 million in funding to build a new Alaska airport and refurbish two existing ones.

The Newtok Airport, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Kenai Municipal Airport will receive funding for the projects, Alaska’s News Source reported Thursday.

The Newtok Airport was granted more than $21.1 million to construct a new airport that is scheduled to be completed by 2023.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport received about $25.5 million and Kenai Municipal Airport got about $826,000 for renovation projects, Alaska’s News Source reported.

The grants were made as part of a more than $600 million in infrastructure funding from the federal Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration that will offer 499 grants to 390 airports in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated States of Micronesia.

“These grants are an investment in safety and continued innovation,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “Every airport in every community plays a vital role in our air transportation system.”

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities had initiated the Newtok Airport Relocation Project in 2018 because ground surrounding the airport and village is deteriorating, the outlet reported. The airport and community will relocate to higher ground, according to a transportation department statement.

The transportation department had allocated $8 million for the construction project in 2019.

The new project plan by the FAA said the new airport will include a main runway, taxiway, an aircraft parking apron, two equipment storage buildings, an access road and supporting utility infrastructure.

“The project is critical to the airport and to the village of Newtok, which is home to an Alaska Native community of 374 residents,” the FAA said.

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