Detroit Metro Airport to Receive $49.6M in Federal Funds

Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus will receive $49.6 million of $61.8 million designated for improvements to Michigan airports, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced today.
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The terminal at Detroit Metro Airport will receive upgrades from federal funding. // Stock photo

Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus will receive $49.6 million of $61.8 million designated for improvements to Michigan airports, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced today.

Metro will use the funds to improve the accessibility and energy efficiency of restrooms, replace old baggage claim belts, and upgrade passenger boarding bridges.

Elsewhere in Michigan, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids will get $8.7 million for eight new passenger boarding bridges as part of its terminal expansion. Bishop International Airport in Flint was awarded $3.5 million for a new terminal roof.

The funding is a part of $968.6 million allocated to 85 airports across the country, which was appropriated through the bipartisan infrastructure law that passed last year. It is the first round of allocations in a five-year funding program.

These grants are in addition to funds announced June 29 for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Capital City Airport in Lansing, and Pellston Regional Airport in northern Michigan.

“We know that airports are the gateway to America’s communities,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “They’re often the first thing you see when you arrive in a new place and the last thing you see when you leave. These investments (tax dollars) are going to make your journeys easier.”

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