WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today announced $4,850,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to extend a runway at the Virginia Highlands Airport in Washington County, Va.
“We are glad to announce that these federal dollars will go towards extending Runway 06/24 at Virginia Highlands Airport, making it easier for folks to travel in and out of Southwest Virginia,” said the Senators. “We will continue to work to secure grant opportunities that help strengthen the infrastructure of Virginia’s airports, including those awarded by the Airport Improvement Program, which the President has proposed eliminating in his recent budget.”
The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, which supports infrastructure improvement projects at airports across the nation, including the construction and rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, and aprons. Sens. Warner and Kaine have long fought for increased investments to infrastructure, including for Virginia’s airports, and have pushed back against the Trump Administration’s suggested budget cuts to DOT to ensure that critical upgrades like these can happen. Additionally, last year, Sen. Warner introduced a bill to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure, create jobs, and generate economic stimulus.