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FAA giving $9.4M to Louisiana regional airports

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving $9.4 million for repairs and other work to improve the safety at 10 regional airports around Louisiana.

The Lafayette Regional Airport Commission is getting $5.8 million to improve runway safety, said U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.

The next-largest grant is $1.2 million to repair the runway at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said other Federal Aviation Administration grants are for improvements and repairs to airports at Jonesville, False River, Thibodaux, Monroe, Bastrop, Farmerville, Ruston and Winnsboro.

They include:

—$640,000 to Monroe Regional Airport to rehabilitate apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.

—$600,000 to Thibodaux Municipal Airport for runway lighting. The current lighting system has reached the end of its useful life.

—$480,000 to the Jonesville Airport to bring runway safety areas into compliance with FAA standards.

—$280,000 to False River Regional Airport in New Roads to repair the runway.

—$250,000 to Morehouse Memorial Airport in Bastrop to rehabilitate taxiway lighting that has reached the end of its useful life.

—$72,000 to Union Parish Airport in Farmerville, La., to design runway repairs.

—$51,600 to the Ruston Regional Airport to design an apron expansion that is needed to increase capacity for jet aircraft.

—$45,000 to the Winnsboro Municipal Airport to design apron repairs.

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