Six Northwest Florida airports receive millions for upgrades

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced $800 million in grants to fund airport improvements across the country.

Six airports in Northwest Florida will receive the funds, including Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport which will get $6.5 million to expand the terminal building.

Pensacola International Airport will get $6.3 million for construction of a building, installation of additional taxiway lighting, and rehabilitation of taxiways.

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City will receive $800,000 to buy an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle.

The Mobile Downtown Airport will receive just over $3 million to rehabilitate their apron, while Jeremiah Denton Airport on Dauphin Island will receive $588,888 for reconstruction and replacement of airport lighting.

Meanwhile, Middleton Field in Evergreen in Conecuh County will receive $455,663 to build a taxiway.

“This nearly $800 million federal investment in airport infrastructure will strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide many economic benefits for local communities,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement.

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