Tuscaloosa airport gets $1 million grant

Tuscaloosa National Airport

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Giselle Hood

TUSCALOOSA – U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell presented Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox with a check for $1 million on Thursday, Nov. 3.

The American Rescue Plan funding will go toward improving the Tuscaloosa National Airport’s infrastructure and supporting its expansion.

“I often say that investments for our infrastructure are investments for our future,” Sewell said. “But we also must invest in all our industries, especially aviation.”

Airport Director Jeff Powell said the Federal Aviation Administration grant will specifically focus on reconstructing the terminal apron pavement by connecting taxiways and upgrading runway markings. Over the next ten years, the airport will be receiving around $50 million in investments from federal partners.

“This is going to go a long way as we try to improve our cargo and commercial capabilities,” Maddox said. “We’re glad you don’t forget about the people of west Alabama, and you’re with our cities and with our communities. Thank you for being our voice in Washington, DC.”

Tuscaloosa National Airport already works with seven University of Alabama sports teams and hopes the additional funding will help them continue to grow.

“We are so reliant on these grant programs, either at the state, local, or federal level, that allow us to maintain our economic impact that we have for our communities,” Powell said. “And also allows us to grow to maintain that path to support our communities.”


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