White House: U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood announces $287,000 in economic recovery funds for Dodge County Airport

Contact: Jill Zuckman

Tel.: (202) 366-4570

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced that Wisconsin’s Dodge County Airport will receive $287,000 under the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act we are creating jobs in Wisconsin and across the country while investing in the long-term safety and economic vitality of our airports,” said Secretary LaHood.

The funds, to be provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, will be used to install and replace lighting on runway 2/20. These funds will be administered through the State Block Grant Program.

About 3,400 airports designated as part of the national airport system are eligible to receive ARRA funds. The FAA is moving swiftly to work with airport sponsors to ensure eligible projects have completed or nearly completed, design and planning requirements.

Under ARRA, the FAA received $1.1 billion to allocate to qualified airports on a discretionary basis. That funding will be distributed based on a project priority system that addresses airport safety and security, infrastructure, runway safety, increased capacity, and mitigation of environmental impacts.

Secretary LaHood said the Obama Administration is committed to getting ARRA money into the economy as quickly as possible. He noted that President Obama signed the ARRA into law on February 17, less than one month after taking the oath of office. Less than two weeks later, on March 3, LaHood joined President Obama and Vice President Biden at an historic announcement at the U.S. Department of Transportation to mark the release of $26.6 billion to the states and localities for highways, roads and bridges. The release of funds came eight days earlier than required by law. Only six weeks later, President Obama announced funding for the 2,000th transportation project.

On March 5, Secretary LaHood joined Vice President Biden and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to announce the availability of $8.4 billion for nationwide transit infrastructure investment. On March 12, Secretary LaHood announced that Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airports had received the first funding allocations for airport infrastructure projects, and on March 13, Vice President Biden announced that DOT made $1.3 billion available to Amtrak for capital and security improvements. On March 27, Secretary LaHood announced $28 million for Arizona airports.

Secretary LaHood noted that in early February, prior to the passage of the ARRA, he had established a team within the Department of Transportation to ensure that economic recovery funding is rapidly made available for transportation infrastructure projects and that project spending is carefully monitored and transparent.