WASHINGTON, D.C. — The office of Congressman Roger Marshall, R-Kan., has announced $7.4 million worth of Department of Transportation funding has been awarded to airports in Kansas 1st Congressional District, including nearly $1.39 million combined for airports in Leoti, Syracuse and Ulysses.

The grants were part of $677 million in airport infrastructure grants awarded by the DOT nationwide, with Marshall's 1st district receiving grants for 16 airports. According to Marshall's office, this is the DOT’s first allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

“Kansas has long-standing ties to the aviation industry, but in order to stay competitive, we must go further than maintaining our airport infrastructure,” Marshall said in a press release. “These grants will not just help our local airports remain efficient and safe, but will help with longer term planning for future development projectsthat keepour rural communities competitive. I am thankful the DOT is keeping our aviation industry robust for years to come.”

The airport in Leoti received $600,000 to be used for installing airport beacons and miscellaneous navigational aid, as well as installing a vertical/visual runway guidance system and reconstructing and lighting work to the airport's taxiway.

The Ulysses airport received $486,000 for building construction, and the Syracuse airport received $301,000 for rehabilitation work to its runway and taxiway.