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RIC is getting $35 million infrastructure deal dollars. Here's how they plan to spend it.

Posted at 4:06 PM, Nov 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-24 16:06:41-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond International Airport (RIC) is getting $35 million, over the next five years, as part of the federal government's recently passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

RIC already had $100 million worth of capital improvements planned for the next three years. The influx of federal infrastructure package money could help the airport complete several projects earlier than once expected, according to RIC spokesperson Troy Bell.

"It's everything from potentially a new fire station, a new ARF vehicle (Aircraft Rescue Firefighting) or specialty vehicles that we use here at the airport, to new jet bridges and working on our Federal Inspection Services facility, which could accommodate future international flights. It needs a rehab, we have one, it just needs a renovation," Bell said. "If we get the renovation done on the Federal Inspection Station and all of a sudden we've got an international route, pop up, that's something that'll be front and center for the public."

In addition to those projects, the airport would use the money for routine maintenance and upkeep.

"Asphalt and concrete. Stuff that is absolutely critical to run an airport and for planes to be able to operate," Bell said.

Other Central Virginia airports receiving federal infrastructure money include:

  • Richmond Executive-Chesterfield County: $1,480,000
  • Hanover County Municipal: $1,480,000
  • Louisa County/Freeman Field: $790,000
  • Dinwiddie County: $790,000
  • New Kent County: $790,000
  • Emporia-Greensville Regional: $550,000
  • Farmville Regional: $550,000

The vast majority of the $400 million bound for Virginia airports will go to Washington Dulles International ($120,399,725) and Reagan Washington National ($116,734,485).