Aug. 30, 2007 — The V.I. Port Authority has received a $4.74 million federal grant for critically needed improvements at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.
Application for the grant was discussed at the authority's board meeting last week, as the authority was awaiting official word of the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant.
In a statement issued Thursday, VIPA announced the grant will be used primarily to resurface the pavement on taxiways A, E, F, G and H.
The project calls for milling and removing two inches of worn asphalt and putting in place three inches of new asphalt. More than 55,000 square yards of pavement — an area of about 11 acres — will be refurbished through the project.
According to the statement, the resurfacing will restore full functionality and utility to the taxiways for a period of 20 years. The grant will cover 95 percent of the project, or $4.6 million, whichever is less.
The AIP grant also includes $130,000 for airport planning studies and an update of the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) for the airport. The plan is a detailed schematic of all existing and future facilities and properties necessary for the operation and development of the airport.
Mark Stridiron, VIPA Public Information officer, said the winning bidder for the work would announced at the board's monthly meeting in September.
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