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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Rep. Darren Soto Announces $2.7 Million in Grants for Central Florida Airports

July 24, 2017
Press Release
Kissimmee Gateway Airport to receive $2.2 million and Bartow Municipal Airport $557k

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Darren Soto (FL-09) announced today that the Kissimmee Gateway and the Bartow Municipal Airports have received over $2.7 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the installation of more secure and sustainable infrastructure.

“I am happy to announce that the Kissimmee Gateway Airport and the Bartow Municipal Airport have received $2.7 million in federal grants for critical enhancements to the airports’ infrastructure. The funds will upgrade the airports’ infrastructure, making it safer for the millions of visitors to Central Florida,” said Congressman Soto.

The Kissimmee Gateway and the Bartow Municipal Airports –  located in close proximity to Walt Disney World and the main Orlando attractions – offer general aviation air services to millions of visitors to Central Florida each year.  This project will fund runway guard lighting improvements to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards. These improvements are part of the FAA’s Runway Incursion Mitigation program to enhance safety at the airport.

Grant funds will be used to create safer airfield operations in the Kissimmee Gateway airport by rehabilitating 6,000 feet of the airport’s current runway, including upgrades to the lighting system, improving the structural integrity of the pavement, and minimizing foreign object debris. The Bartow Municipal Airport will be improving its drainage system to eliminate ponding on airfield surfaces.

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