Congressman Cuellar Announces $7.8 Million in Federal Funds for Laredo Airport Improvements
Airport has received over $26.3 million in federal funds this year
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) today announced the awarding of approximately $7.8 million in federal funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Airport Improvement Program to the Laredo International Airport. Congressman Cuellar announced $5 million in FAA funds last month, and $13.5 million in January, to the Laredo International Airport to help finance the airport’s ongoing efforts to reduce noise for those living near the airport and the full reconstruction of an existing taxiway.
This new FAA grant of $7,819,990 will be used to make necessary improvements to the airport’s facilities, which include extending and rehabilitating the existing taxiway, installing guidance signs, and rehabilitating the cargo apron that has reached the end of its useful life.
Specifically, the funds will allow for the installation of airport guidance signs and markings, and fund the rehabilitation of:
· 850 square yards of existing apron pavement
· Phase 9 of the airport’s apron rehabilitation project
· Rehabilitation of 625 feet of an the existing Taxiway G pavement
· 850 foot taxiway extension of Taxiway G to enhance safety, efficiency and capacity of aircraft movements
· Phase 1 for the replacement of all airfield guidance sign fixtures to enhance aircraft visual guidance and enhance safety of aircraft movements.
“These federal funds will allow the Laredo International Airport to make much-needed updates to its infrastructure that will enable safer and more efficient movement of cargo and passenger air traffic,” said Congressman Cuellar. “I would like to thank Mayor Pete Saenz, City Manager Jesus Olivares, Council Member Roque Vela, Airport Manager Mario Maldonado and all who helped to secure this funding and continue to support investments in Laredo’s transportation infrastructure and economic growth.”
Mayor Saenz, Mayor of Laredo
Roque Vela, Jr., District V Council Member
“I again express my gratitude to the team that made this grant happen. Our Congressman for his leadership in Washington, D.C. and our local leadership here in Laredo for maintaining the Federal Aviation Administration connections that keep the federal reinvestment coming in,” stated Council Member Roque Vela, Jr. “I am fortunate to have such a progressive facility in my district that continues to be enhanced.”