Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced yesterday that Molokai Airport will receive more than $3 million to improve its drainage system.
The money comes as part of a $21 million package from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve transportation across Hawaii in key areas. The largest targeted area will provide more than $10 million in funding to rehabilitate a runway at Honolulu International Airport.
“Improving Hawaii’s transportation infrastructure is key to sustaining our economy and the quality of life in our state,” Hirono said. “Hawaii is proud of the safety and quality of our airports, as they are critical to the success of our visitor industry and economic health.
“The $18 million in runway and airport improvements will help modernize Hawaii’s airport infrastructure and will ensure our airports can continue to safely and efficiently handle flights,” Hirono added. “Three million dollars in additional transportation funding will also help Maui, Hawaii and Kauai counties replace transit buses and improve service for mobility limited passengers.”
On Molokai, a $3,022,148 grant will be used for drainage improvement at Molokai Airport. This grant will fund construction of airport drainage improvements, which are necessary to adequately handle stormwater runoff.
Lanai will also receive some of this money. A grant for $1,041,930 will provide funding for the rehabilitation of the runway lighting system that has reached the end of its useful life. The project is necessary to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions and to meet federal aviation requirements.