Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-Southwest Louisiana) today announced a grant awarded to the Lafayette Regional Airport to improve the facility’s runways safety area and install the engineered materials arresting system (EMAS). The grant of more than $4.8 million also funds the relocation of NAVAIDS at the airport.
“Our transportation infrastructure is vital to the growth of our economy in Southwest Louisiana,” Boustany said. “This grant provides safety improvements which will strengthen the Lafayette Regional Airport and help position Lafayette as an economic leader in the state.”
“This is a discretionary grant which is coming to the Lafayette Regional Airport and to Acadiana for a much needed runway safety project,” said Greg Roberts, Director of Aviation at the Lafayette Regional Airport. “We are indebted to our delegation for fighting on a national level to get this grant to Acadiana. This money could be going to Lafayette, Indiana or Lafayette, North Carolina, but it is instead coming to Lafayette, Louisiana, because of the efforts of Congressman Boustany and our Senators.”
A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Boustany also participated today in the markup of H.R. 1034, the Airport and Airway Trust Fund Financing Reauthorization Act of 2011. This legislation extends the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) legislation, funding operations and improvements at existing levels. The bill guarantees airport infrastructure maintenance and infrastructure, ensuring job growth and commerce.