WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today welcomed a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust in the amount of $6.5 million in order to finish the reconstruction of the two runways at the Tulsa International Airport.
“The Department of Transportation grant is welcome news to Tulsa International Airport, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the businesses that rely on the passenger and cargo transportation services at the airfield,” said Inhofe. “This grant will allow the City of Tulsa to complete the fourth and final phase in the overhaul of Tulsa International Airport’s more than 30 year old runways, and will be crucial to the future of Tulsa and Oklahoma’s booming aerospace industry.”
Airports Director at Tulsa International Airport Jeff Mulder said, “I consider this infrastructure project to be critical to the economic activity of our region. This grant will allow us to move forward and complete the re-construction of our main runway with minimal impact to airport users.”
The DOT grant was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Fiscal Year 2013 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and will be used to finish reconstruction of runways that have been in service well beyond their original 20-year design profile.