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Murray Announces Over $14 Million for Projects at SeaTac

Sep 23 2002

Federal grant money will support runway lighting, soundproofing of local buildings

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a total of $14.3 million in federal support for airport improvement projects at Seattle's SeaTac Airport.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be disbursed today.

SeaTac will receive $4.4 million in AIP grants to install runway lighting.

"Maintaining the function and safety of Washington's runways is a top priority," Murray said. "Thanks to these grants, SeaTac can make the improvements it needs to run safely, and at full capacity, and to expand at a time when many of our nation's airports are struggling."

Seattle will also receive $9.93 million from the FAA for noise reduction projects. The funds will be used to provide sounds insulation including window treatments, new doors and ventilation for public buildings near SeaTac.

"This money will help families, schools and businesses in communities near SeaTac to minimize unwanted noise," said Murray. "These noise reduction projects will help protect our community from noise pollution while allowing SeaTac to continue to grow as one of the most important economic and commercial hubs in the Northwest."

A member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Murray secured the funding for the improvement projects at SeaTac in the fiscal year 2000 Transportation Appropriations bill. Senator Murray now chairs the Transportation subcommittee and authors its funding bill.