Hawaii will receive $4,097,716 to setup impaired driving checkpoints in all four counties and rehabilitate a hangar at Kalaeloa Airport, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, and U.S. Representative Mazie K. Hirono announced Friday.
The money comes through two grants administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The first grant will provide $3,063,427 to replace the roof, siding and windows and to install new fire protection and electrical systems in Hangar 110 at Kalaeloa Airport. The repairs are needed to ensure aircraft storage and maintenance activities can be conducted in a protected environment.
Kalaeloa Airport has been owned and operated by the state since July 1, 1999, as a general aviation reliever airport for Honolulu International Airport. Users of the airport include the U.S. Coast Guard, Hawaii Community College Flight Program, Hawaii National Guard, and the general aviation community.
The second grant will provide $1,034,289 to Hawaii to implement and enforce specific programs to prevent or deter impaired driving. The money will be distributed to support programs in all four counties.
"Whether traveling on roads or in the air, Hawaii's families and visitors deserve to safely arrive at their destinations. Today’s Obama Administration investments will promote public safety in Hawaii by helping keep drunk drivers off our roads and ensuring that Kalaeloa Airport's aircraft can be stored and maintained at top condition," said Hirono, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
"We must support safe and reliable transportation for our residents and visitors. Refurbishing the hangar at Kalaeloa will help fortify a critical airfield that is routinely used by our military and commercial companies as an alternative to Honolulu International Airport. These funds will also help keep our community safe by funding efforts by county police to keep impaired drivers off Hawaii roadways. I would like to thank the administration for these important investments," said Inouye.