Iowa airports awarded $100M in state improvement grants

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The Iowa Department of Transportation recently awarded the state’s eight commercial airports $100 million in grant awards through the Iowa Commercial Aviation Infrastructure Fund (ICAIF).

ICAIF was launched in March to modernize and strengthen Iowa’s air transportation system. Federal American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds were allocated to fund the program.

Grants can be used for expansion and for modernizing infrastructure. Airports will have until Dec. 15, 2023, to commit funds and until June 30, 2026, to claim reimbursement of eligible expenses.

Grants range from $1.6 million to $58.8 million.

The largest awards include:

Des Moines International Airport was awarded $58.8 million to build a five-story parking garage. The airport also will build a commercial multilane driveway adjacent to the parking garage and complete 30 percent design phase for the new phased Airport Terminal Project.

The Eastern Iowa Airport was awarded $28.4 million to complete the final phase of the Terminal Modernization.

Sioux Gateway Airport was awarded $3.1 million to begin phase one of the North T-hangar Development project.

Dubuque Regional Airport was awarded $2.8 million to build a box hangar.

Waterloo Regional Airport was awarded $2.2 million to build a parking lot canopy system, pay station lanes, and parking structure for disabled and high-use parking spaces.