LINCOLN — Seven Nebraska airports will share $17 million in federal grants to improve runways, construct hangars and make different enhancements.

The Federal Aviation Administration grants come from the second funding spherical of the Airport Enchancment Program, which promotes security, safety and environmental stewardship on the nation’s airports.

Cities benefiting from the monies are Ainsworth, Burwell, Norfolk, North Platte, Scottsbluff, Sidney and Wayne, the Nebraska Division of Transportation stated in a Wednesday information launch.

Ann Richart of the NDOT stated state officers stay up for working with the FAA to make sure most use of the grant funds.

“We’re blissful to have the ability to companion with the FAA Central Area in Kansas Metropolis to get this important grant funding to our airports,” stated Richart, director of the aeronautics division.

Grant recipients: 

  • $12 million is to rehabilitate the runway at Scottsbluff’s Western Nebraska Regional/William B. Heilig Subject.
  • $2.9 million will assist reconstruct the taxiway at North Platte Regional/Lee Hen Subject.
  • $600,000 will set up runway enhancements at Norfolk Regional/Karl Stefan Memorial Subject.

Grants additionally will go to 4 airports for brand new hangars: 

  • $553,980 goes to Ainsworth Regional.
  • $235,540 to Burwell Cram Subject; $451,562 to Sidney Municipal/Lloyd W. Carr Subject.
  • $450,000 to Wayne Municipal/Stan Morris Subject.