TIA receives large construction grant
Web Producer: Janice Yu
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Airport Authority received a $19.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that will fund the first phase of the design and reconstruction of the main terminal apron at Tucson International Airport, according to a spokesperson for the TIA.
The apron, or ramp, is the paved area surrounding the airport terminal used for aircraft parking, loading and fueling.
The Arizona Department of Transportation will provide $957,226 to offset TAA’s federal grant matching requirement.
"This reconstruction project will ensure TIA can continue to safely accommodate our community’s passenger airline service needs," said TAA President and CEO Bonnie Allin.
The current concrete used for the apron will be replaced with new concrete. The funding will also be used to build a new service vehicle roadway , a new storm drainage system, lighting, 400 Hz power system infrastructure, a fuel loading stand, blast wall, security fencing and modify the hydrant fueling system.
Rep. Raul Grijalva congratulated TAA and said these programs increase the safety and efficiency of transportation.
“I join the people of South Arizona in thanking the Airport Authority for pursuing these funds and putting them to such good use,” Rep. Raul Grijalva said in a statement.
This multi-year project is expected to be completed in three years, employ 70 workers, and cost a total of $48 million. Phase one construction will begin in summer 2013.