Gerald R. Ford International Airport has been awarded $18.7 million from the federal government for a major construction project.
The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the funds for Ford airport’s $30-million project to re-construct the terminal apron, the area where aircraft are parked, unloaded and loaded and re-fueled.
The project is expected to be completed within the next two years to give adequate gate space to air carriers.
Of the total grant, $5.7 million is listed as an “entitlement” amount under the federal Airport Improvement Program, or AIP, and $13 million is listed as a “discretionary” amount under the program.
Ford airport’s grant is one of 241 grants by the FAA to help fund 346 infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals.
The FAA said the projects are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.