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Los Alamos Airport officials learned Thursday the airport was granted $236,276 in federal funding to help replace 6,500 feet of perimeter fencing along NM 502.
LA Airport gets funds for new fence

The Los Alamos Airport, which has been working toward replacing the majority of its perimeter fencing, received some good news Thursday that could help the project get off the ground.

New Mexico’s two Democratic senators, Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich, announced Thursday the airport will receive $236,276 towards replacing a portion of the perimeter fencing as part of $23 million in Air Improvement Program grants given to 26 airports across the state to fund airport rehabilitation and provide critical new equipment.

“Our local airports connect communities all across New Mexico to tourism, business opportunities and commercial aviation,” Heinrich said in a press release announcing the grants. “I’m proud to support these critical investments to modernize their infrastructure and improve safety. I will continue to support critical infrastructure investments like this that build the foundation for long-term economic growth and job creation in our state.”

Udall said New Mexico’s airports “drive local economic growth,” and that maintaining them “is critical to building robust communities in every part of our state.”