Orangeburg Airport to Receive $295,000 in Federal Funding | Local
The Orangeburg Municipal Airport will receive $295,000 in federal funding for improvements.
The funds are allocated through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in November and can be used for investments in runways, taxiways, safety projects and sustainability, as well as terminals, airport transit connections and roads. projects.
Orangeburg officials say the funds will most likely go towards expanding the tarmac and hangar.
This funding will come from the Airport Infrastructure Grant Program, one of three new aviation programs created by the IIJA. The law provides $15 billion over five years for the program.
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“The American people have long been asking for infrastructure fixes,” said 6th SC Congressman James Clyburn. “The previous administration promised infrastructure investments, but President Biden has delivered.”
Clyburn said the funds will “create safe and more sustainable airports”.
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“Furthermore, these investments will ensure that our airports have the modern infrastructure to continue to be an economic engine bringing millions of dollars in revenue to the state,” he said.
A total of $32.1 million will be allocated to 46 airports in the state.
Orangeburg Airport has recently benefited from federal, state and local funds.
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Last year, the airport received a $317,989 grant from the SC Aeronautics Commission to help expand the airport tarmac. The Federal Aviation Administration provided a grant of $666,666 for the project, with the city providing a matching $212,000.
The city also received a $33,558 grant from SC Aeronautics to redevelop the terminal building with a match of $22,372.
The city received a $59,000 COVID relief grant from the FAA’s Airport Rescue Grant program. The funds will be used for operations, staff, housekeeping and debt service. There are no local matching requirements.
The city’s five-year capital improvement plan for the airport includes approximately $14.2 million in capital projects.
Of this amount, the city hopes to receive $11.8 million in federal funds and $656,000 in public funds. It also plans to spend $1.7 million in municipal funds.
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Plans include runway upgrades, hangar development, taxiway improvements and possibly a new terminal.