March 13, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: Recovery Package to Bring More Than $16 Million to Repair New Mexico Airports

Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe Airports to Benefit

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe will receive $16.5 million for transportation projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Both senators voted for the legislation when it passed the Senate.


"New Mexico has already received tens of millions of dollars from the recovery package for energy efficiency, law enforcement and housing. This funding for airport upgrades is another example of how investments from this landmark legislation are helping turn around our state's economy," Bingaman said.


"Not only will this funding create jobs, it will make needed investments to keep our local airports safe," said Udall. "It will also ensure that New Mexico continues to benefit from tourist dollars and business travel to our communities."


The Recovery Act funding will go to rehabilitate runways and taxiways at three New Mexico airports. The money will be broken down as follows:


• Las Cruces International will receive $11.4 million;

• Double Eagle II on Albuquerque's West Side will receive $4 million; and,

• Santa Fe Municipal Airport will receive $1.1 million.