09.23.19

Leahy: Burlington International Airport Awarded $15.9 Million For Taxiway

(MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019) -- Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Vice Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that Burlington International Airport will receive $15.9 million in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to continue its work on a parallel taxiway.  The grant is the largest single award ever received by the airport.  The funding will allow for the reconstruction of Taxiway G to the existing taxiway B/K intersection generating a full parallel taxiway with the main Runway 15/33; creating a more efficient operation and reducing noise levels for residents along Airport Drive.

Leahy said:  “This award by the FAA continues the federal investment in safe flight operations at Burlington International.  The airport is an essential economic driver for our state and region, and this type of infrastructure project will help keep it strong for years to come.”  In his role as Vice Chairman, Leahy has made airport improvements an ongoing budget priority, pushing for billions of dollars in investments to upgrade the nation’s aging airport infrastructure, including $3.8 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in the Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation Appropriations Bill that the committee approved last Thursday.  Funds from the AIP support airport safety, terminal, and noise mitigation projects. 

Gene Richards, Director of Aviation at Burlington International Airport, said:  “We are very grateful for the opportunity provided by the congressional delegation and the FAA to finish BTV’s first ever parallel taxiway to the main runway.  The $15.9 million grant awarded to BTV for the completion of the parallel taxiway, Taxiway Golf, will allow the Airport to function at the highest level.” 

The complete Taxiway G extension will create a single taxiway parallel to Runway 15-33 and linking to the current Taxiway K.  Construction of the first phase, at current Taxiway K, started early November 2015 and was completed in July 2016.  Construction of the second phase started in October 2016 and was completed in October 2018. The final phase of construction is scheduled to commence in 2020.

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