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CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY PLASKETT ANNOUNCES TWO IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION GRANTS FOR HENRY E. ROHLSEN AIRPORT AND CYRIL E. KING AIRPORT

Washington, March 5, 2019

PRESS STATEMENT

 

CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY PLASKETT ANNOUNCES TWO IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION GRANTS FOR HENRY E. ROHLSEN AIRPORT AND CYRIL E. KING AIRPORT

“These grants are significant to the residents of the of St. Thomas and St. Croix and the U.S. Virgin Islands because they will allow the USVI Port Authority to continue promoting the wise use of these facilities for the betterment of the U.S. Virgin Islands and its people,” stated Congresswoman Plaskett

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement announcing two important grants for Henry E. Rohlsen and Cyril E. King Airports in the Virgin Islands:

“I am pleased to announce that the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix and the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas will receive important grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“The grants announced today are:

$20 million to construct a Parking and Transportation Center (PTC) at the Cyril E. King Airport on the island of St. Thomas. The project will improve transit access and operational capacity to minimize time required for the transport of people and goods, driving both economic recovery and resilience. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to help retain 139 jobs, create up to 116 jobs and generate $5 million in private investment. 

$7 million to renovate and expand approximately 6,550 square feet inside the Henry E. Rohslen Airport on the island of St. Croix. This project will improve the structure’s ability to withstand powerful tropical weather and will provide a broader resiliency to the island by restoring tourism and import/export opportunities. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to help retain 40 jobs, create 42 jobs and spur $1.1 million in private investment.

“These important grants are significant to the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands because they will allow the USVI Port Authority to continue promoting the wise use of these airports for the betterment of the U.S. Virgin Islands and its people, and to assist the government and the community in fostering and sustaining sound economic development when it comes to its airports.”

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