Murray Announces $3.3 Million for Walla Walla Airport Improvements

Jun 10 2002

Grants will support runway, security enhancements

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a total of $3,339,205 million in federal support for airport improvement projects in Walla Walla.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, which Murray secured as Chair of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, will be used to improve runway area safety and support security enhancements at the Walla Walla Airport.

"Maintaining the function and safety of our runways is a top priority," Murray said. "Thanks to these grants Walla Walla can make the improvements it needs to run safely, at full capacity and to expand as an important airport facility."

A portion of the federal awards will also be used to help upgrade security procedures in the wake of September 11th. This money is especially important for Walla Walla, which as a smaller airport has struggled with extra security costs.

"The events of September 11th have required significant increases in security at Washington state's airports. This funding will be particularly helpful in Walla Walla. Without this assistance, the local budget and local taxpayers would bear these very significant costs," Senator Murray said.

The AIP grants will be disbursed within the week.