July 21, 2005

CRAPO ANNOUNCES AIRPORT GRANTS

Assists with federal dollars for Twin Falls, Coeur dâ??Alene

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced federal grant dollars that will bring infrastructure improvements for runways, lighting, and fencing for airports in the Magic Valley and Coeur dâ??Alene. Crapoâ??s office assisted in releasing the funding.The federal Department of Transportation grants announced today include: $2,600,000 to the Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls to extend taxiways; improve runway lighting and access roads, conduct studies and for other uses. $2,400,000 to the Coeur dâ??Alene Air Terminal for taxiway and apron construction and for perimeter fencing needs. â??Secure, safe, and reliable air transport is a critical part of Idahoâ??s infrastructure,â?? Crapo said. â??These maintenance grants will greatly improve access and commerce for Idaho and our visitors.â??Bill Carberry, Airport Manager for Magic Valley Regional Airport at Joslin Field in Twin Falls, said, â??This has been a high-priority safety project for us and a much-needed safety enhancement. We will be able to extend our taxiway to run the full length of the runway and we want to complete the project by this fall. We thank the senator and our Congressional delegation for their ongoing support.â??# # #