DOT Sends $20.5 Million To Hurricane-Damaged Airports

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The federal government will spend $20.5 million to fund repairs at 71 airports that were damaged by hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced on Friday. The money will be distributed to airports in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. A range of projects will be funded, including repair or replacement of terminal buildings, hangars and security lighting. "The damage done by this year's hurricanes reminds us how much we rely on our airports and how important they are to the nation's economy and quality of life," said Mineta. "These grants will help restore our airports to their conditions before the hurricanes found them." An additional 14 airports will receive another $4.1 million in emergency funding within the next few weeks, the DOT said.