Infrastructure bill funding coming in for Virginia airports

Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 9:15 AM EDT
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is getting a big chunk of federal funds, and it plans on using that money to tackle multiple projects.

“I always say that if an airport is not under construction, that airport is probably not going to survive,” CHO CEO Melinda Crawford said. “We already have several projects underway.”

CHO is getting roughly $15 million from the Infrastructure Bill, which was signed into law in last November.

“We’re already going to start with some of our sustainability projects, like improving the the terminal buildings. We’re putting window tinting in so that it reduces the heating bill,” Crawford said.

Projects for the airport also include improvements and expansions, such as a new escalator, updating utilities, and new charging stations.

“We don’t get local tax dollars, we operate like a family would. You might have things that you need to fix on your house, but you might not be able to afford it so it gets pushed out,” Crawford said.

Meanwhile, Shenandoah Valley Airport is to get around $5 million.

“With the costs of projects today, these additional funds will be very helpful in getting those projects moving forward,” SHD Interim Executive Director Lisa Botkins said.

SHD is using the money for runway and parking lot improvements, as well as a new entrance road.

“It’s great news for us, as I’ve said, especially since post-pandemic costs have escalated greatly for projects. So it was a nice addition to be able to get these projects moving forward in a timely manner,” Botkins said.

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