POSTED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 10:07am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 10:14am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao (LA-02) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Louis Armstrong International Airport an additional $1.1 million for reconstruction of the terminal "apron," the network of jetliner "parking places" around the periphery of the terminal where passengers board flights and disembark.
This is in addition to a $6.2 million DOT grant announced September 13, bringing the total amount of federal funding announced just over the past week to $7.3 million.
The grants come after Cao personally urged Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to approve the funds in an effort that included a letter he co-signed with Louisiana Congressional delegation colleagues nearly one year ago.
Cao said, "This discretionary grant money from the Airport Improvement Program will empower Armstrong International to achieve effective solutions to the challenges facing the airport and to improve safety and service to the travelling public. I'm extremely pleased that DOT is seeing things our way and granted the terminal apron reconstruction project the funding it deserves."
Cao added, "I will continue urging Secretary LaHood to approve still-pending funding requests for other, much-needed upgrades in the planned modernization of Armstrong International."