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Delegation Underscores Importance of Wyo Airports

Federal Funding Critical to Local Airport Improvement Projects

May 11, 2007

U.S. Senators Craig Thomas, Mike Enzi, and Representative Barbara Cubin, all R-Wyo., today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded five Wyoming airports with more than $6.7 million in grants to update existing facilities and assist in their continuing development. The five airports receiving the grants are in Sheridan, Worland, Jackson, Rock Springs and Douglas.

"Our state’s airports are a critical link in our growing economy," Thomas said. "These grants will go a long way in improving safety and preparing for future growth. This is a great day for the more than 109,000 people served by the airports in these five cities."

Senator Enzi said, "These grants provide not only an investment in Wyoming infrastructure, but represent an investment in our quality of life. Improvements to our local airports mean better regional air service throughout Wyoming, which is essential for tourism, other industries as well as for Wyoming residents as a whole."

Representative Cubin said, "Air service between our rural communities is a crucial part of economic development in Wyoming. These grants will enhance the safety, quality and convenience of Wyoming's airports and help ensure the continued viability of air service in Wyoming."

According to the Aeronautics Division of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, state airports have directly and indirectly created more than 14,000 jobs, and last year, more than 450,000 passengers passed through the state’s 10 commercial airports.

Below are descriptions of the airport grant awards:

· Sheridan County Airport
-- $2,606,794 for the rehabilitation of the taxiway and improve runway safety;

· Worland Municipal Airport
-- $1,645,000 for runway construction and hangar relocation;

· Converse County Airport, Douglas
-- $1,320,000 to improve runways and extend the useful life of the pavement;

· Rock Springs -- Sweetwater County Airport
-- $700,000 for parking lot rehabilitation, runway maintenance, and acquisition of snow removal equipment; and,

· Jackson Hole Airport
-- $500,000 to install noise monitoring equipment.