Feds to give airport $4.9M for terminal expansion

May 18, 2007
Money to help fund $170 million upgrade at Jacksonville

The Federal Aviation Administration is giving the Jacksonville Aviation Authority $4.9 million for its terminal expansion project, a $170 million project that should be wrapped up in about two years.

The funding comes after the airport received $8.6 million in 2006 and $4 million in 2005 for the expansion, which will create more gates for airplanes and modernize the concourses for passengers.

The authority must request the money from the federal government each year because the FAA did not sign off on a letter of intent committing the money up front. Significant expansion projects at the airports in Atlanta and Chicago sucked up the money available to be committed in advance, said authority spokesman Michael Stewart.

The state has also kicked in about $16 million for the project, which started a year ago.

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