Daines Announces over $4.6 Million in Critical Funding for Ten Montana Community Airports

U.S. SENATE – Senator Steve Daines today announced that ten Montana community airports will receive $4,661,676 for critical construction and maintenance projects.  

Grants will be awarded to airports in Billings, Broadus, Circle, Forsyth, Hardin, Livingston, Malta, Ronan, Shelby and Wolf Point. 

“Community airports across Montana provide critical transportation services to Montana’s rural communities,” Daines stated. “These grants will ensure that Montana’s smaller airports are able to meet rising ridership demands, ensure safe and reliable service for their passengers and meet the long-term economic needs of the communities they serve.” 

Grants awarded today by the Federal Aviation Administration include:

  • Billings Logan International Airport: $400,000 to extend a taxiway, and $1,500,000 to improve airport drainage.
  • Broadus Airport: $112,204 to rehabilitate the airport’s apron, runway and taxiway.
  • Circle Town County Airport: $237,563 to construct a 3,600 square foot hangar building.
  • Tillitt Field Airport (Forsyth): $1,728,919 to construct an access road and taxiway and to rehabilitate the airport’s apron and taxiway.
  • Big Horn County Airport (Hardin): $123,427 to fund construction of a single pump fuel facility.
  • Mission Field Airport (Livingston): $43,572 to rehabilitate the airport’s apron, runways and taxiways.
  • Malta Airport: $81,752 to install weather reporting equipment.
  • Ronan Airport: $202,642 to update the existing airport master plan study to show current and future needs of the airport.
  • Shelby Airport: $150,845 to install and replace runway lighting to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions, and to rehabilitate apron, runway and taxiway.
  • L.M. Clayton Airport (Wolf Point): $80,752 to install a runway vertical visual guidance system to improve safety and visibility for aircraft and design a 6,400 square foot hangar building.