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The City of Russell has received a $405,000 grant to upgrade the Russell Municipal Airport runway and taxiway lighting according to a press release from US Congressman Roger Marshall.
In all, the US Department of Transportation awarded $7.4 million worth of grants to 16 airports in Representative Marshall's district.
DOT Secretary Elaine Chao announced the distribution of $677 million in airport infrastructure grants on Friday.
This is the DOT's first allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.
"Kansas has long-standing ties to the aviation industry, but in order to stay competitive, we must go further than maintaining our airport infrastructure," Marshall said. "These grants will not just help our local airports remain efficient and safe, but will help with longer term planning for future development projects that keep our rural communities competitive. I am thankful the DOT is keeping our aviation industry robust for years to come."