Airports to receive federal grants

More than $3 million for runway drainage improvements at Molokai Airport and more than $1 million for runway lighting at Lanai Airport are part of a package of grants for Hawaii from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, Hawaii U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz said last week.

The $3,022,148 from the FAA will be used for drainage improvements to handle storm runoff at Molokai Airport.

At Lanai Airport, the $1,041,930 in federal funds will be used to improve the runway lighting system “that has reached the end of its useful life,” Hirono said in her news release. The project is needed for safety reasons to improve operations during low visibility conditions and to meet FAA requirements.

The county also will receive $1 million for bus replacement from the FTA. The buses will have improved access for mobility-limited passengers and riders with bicycles.

More than $20 million was allocated from the FAA and FTA for transportation projects statewide. Funds also were awarded for airport pavement upgrades, including at Kahului, Molokai and Lanai airports, and for a study of Hawaii airport system needs.