GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Gerald R. Ford International Airport will be getting $14-million in grant funding to improve airport infrastructure.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced today that the Grand Rapids airport, as well as 127 other airports nationwide, would receive Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. 

“This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities,” said Chao.

There were 2,652 applications requesting money from this round of AIP grants, according to the Department of Transportation.

The funding is in addition to the $3.31-billion awarded in AIP funding during the 2018 fiscal year, and $205-million awarded in the first round of supplemental funding in September 2018.

Much of the funding will go toward construction or equipment to increase the airport's safety, capacity and security. 

Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, as well as the maintenance of taxiways, aprons and terminals. 

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