U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, as well as Congressman John Sarbanes, announced a grant of more than $5.7 million to increase aircraft traffic flow at Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, was awarded to the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Aviation Administration, the owner and operator of BWI.
“It is part of the overall multiyear program for airfield improvements,” said BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean. “The grant will support the comprehensive multiyear series of runway-safety-area improvements that are currently under way.”
The funds are the first phase of a $44 million taxiway improvement project to increase air-traffic flow at the airport. This project complements a $350 million safety improvement program for one of the airport’s runways.
The airport began improvements in 2012 to meet updated Federal Aviation Administration requirements for runway safety areas, which need to be met by the end of 2015.
The $5.7 million grant will be used to relocate a taxiway in accordance with FAA standards. This move will enhance airport capacity and allow for increased operations during low-visibility times, according to a news release.
“Each year, millions of passengers pass through BWI as they travel around the country, making the airport one of Maryland’s most important economic engines,” Sarbanes said in a statement. “This grant will make critical upgrades to BWI’s infrastructure that will increase capacity while keeping travelers safe. I will continue working hard to support federal
investments that create jobs and grow our economy.”