HANOVER, Md. - The Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Aviation Administration have been awarded a $5,775,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase aircraft traffic flow at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
"This federal funding is great news for BWI and for Maryland," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee which funds DOT in a statement. "It means jobs today to construct the improvements to BWI's runway infrastructure. And it means jobs tomorrow by ensuring that BWI remains a safe, efficient travel center and an economic engine for Maryland."
According to a news release, these federal funds, administered through the Airport Improvement Program, are the first phase of a $44 million taxiway system improvement project to increase traffic flow at BWI.
The funds will be used to relocate Taxiway D in accordance with FAA safety and design standards. Taxiway D will be moved to the proper runway separation to enhance airport capacity and allow increased operations during low visibility times. These improvements will complement the safety improvements being made to Runway 15R-33L, a $350 million project also partially funded through the Airport Improvement Program.
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