The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be awarding millions of dollars to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was passed last year. The terminal rehabilitation project will include needed accessibility improvements.
Three other projects are planned in Greater Minnesota.
The Biden administration announced that almost $1 billion in funds will be used by dozens of airports across the United States to make needed upgrades.
MSP will be given a total of $21.3 million in funds, which will be used to add five new boarding bridges and one relocated bridge, replace electrical substations which serve areas of the baggage system, and make improvements to the north security checkpoint and airport police area.
For travelers with disabilities, the funding will help pay for modified walkways, ramps and slopes to meet requirements by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
According to the White House, the grant awarded to MSP is one of 73 grants which will help provide greater access to people with disabilities.
The Fillmore County Airport in Preston was awarded $950,000 to replace the existing facility, which federal officials say is in poor condition and doesn’t meet ADA requirements. The airport was built in the 1980s. The Fillmore County Airport grant is among 47 awards which have an element that will improve airport access to historically disadvantaged populations and rural airports.
The Bemidji Regional Airport was awarded $95,000 to reconfigure and expand the security screening area. The Glencoe Municipal Airport was awarded $712,500 to build a new General Aviation terminal to meet ADA requirements, among other improvements.
(Source: Federal Aviation Administration)