Sen. Murray Announces $14 Million for Improvements at SeaTac

Jun 10 2002

Grant awards will support runway construction, sound-proofing

(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced the release of $14 million in federal funds she secured for airport improvement projects at SeaTac.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, including $12 million to support improvements to SeaTac's existing runways, will be disbursed within the week.

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

Seattle will also receive $2 million from the FAA for sound mitigation projects. The funds will be used to provide sound insulation including window treatments, new doors and ventilation for homes near SeaTac.

"This money will help families, schools and businesses in communities near SeaTac to minimize unwanted noise," said Murray. "This project is particularly important as construction on the SeaTac's third runway is set to begin. Sound mitigation will help protect communities from noise pollution while allowing SeaTac to continue to grow as one of the most important economic and commercial hubs in the state."