Albany airport grant comes through

Published: Sep. 7, 2011 at 8:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM EDT
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The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Albany's airport a $3.2-million grant to help build a new terminal. After weeks of waiting, city officials received notice of the grant Tuesday.

The recent partial FAA shutdown delayed paperwork for the project. If the airport had not gotten the money by the end of this month, the project could have been delayed by one year.

Now they hope to begin construction before December.

"We competed with every other airport in the country, and the project they put forward. But the fact we were ready, we had bids in hand. And we were ready to go. We can spend the money, we can obligate it, that's huge for us," said Airport manager Yvette Aehle.

Airport officials hope to sign construction contracts within 90 days. The airport terminal construction is just one part of a $15 million airport improvement project.

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