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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces $15 Million Grant for Taxiway Rehabilitation for Bush Intercontinental Airport

“Bush Intercontinental Airport provides valuable services not only to the City of Houston but also to the State of Texas”

September 13, 2010

Houston, TX – The Secretary of Transportation and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee recently announced a $15 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program Grant for taxiway rehabilitation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). This project will rehabilitate a nerve center of taxiways that are critical to aircraft movement and provide rehabilitation to one of the five major runways at the airport. This grant will be used to extend the useful life of the taxiway another 30 years and accommodate larger aircraft. A new runway center line and runway status lights will also be installed as part of the project.

“This $15 million grant will help upgrade safety for passengers and airport workers at Bush Intercontinental Airport,” commented Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. “These projects and purchases will create new jobs and invest in the longer-term safety and economic vitality of Bush Intercontinental Airport.”

“The hard work by Congresswoman Jackson Lee, that resulted in this multi-million dollar grant represents exciting news for our passengers because the improvements will allow us to increase the number of travelers we serve, improve our efficiency, and help us maintain our excellent on-time performance,” stated Mario Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System.

Two of the taxiways were constructed in 1965 and were originally designed to serve B727-100 aircraft. In 1976 a concrete overlay was added to accommodate larger aircraft, including the Boeing 747. Taxiways typically have a 20-year design life. Rehabilitating the taxiways with a new overlay will add 30 years to the life of the taxiways and enable them to handle larger Group VI aircraft.

Copyright © 2010 - Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

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