POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 9:18am
Baton Rouge, La — The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) has been awarded a $5.7 million ($5,769,972) grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as reimbursement for the costs associated with improvements to Taxiways A and B.
The State of Louisiana will provide matching funds of $641,108, bringing the total project funding to $6,411,080. The funding represents the last federal grant of the LOI (Letter of Intent) Program with the FAA for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.
The project includes the reconstruction of the northern portion of Taxiway A, and the renovation of the southern half. The scope of work for Taxiway B consisted of the removal and replacement of the southern portion of the taxiway. The project has been phased in over 2 years to avoid completely shutting down the taxiways and disrupting airport operations.
Taxiways A and B are main arteries to the runways and various locations on the airport. They are heavily used by commercial airlines, corporate aircraft and the general aviation community.
"This grant completes the funding for these high-priority taxiway improvements," stated Anthony Marino, Director of Aviation for BTR. Mr. Marino said that the project is scheduled to be completed during the fall of 2012.