Tester Announces $1 Million For Sidney-Richland Regional Airport From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Resources will construct a parking lot, expand the terminal building
June 8, 2022 | View PDF
(Big Sandy, MT – U.S. Senator Jon Tester has announced that $1,006,615 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) resources have been awarded to the Sidney-Richland Regional Airport Authority to construct a parking lot and expand the terminal building. This funding is from Tester’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act.
“In Richland County, Sidney-Richland Regional Airport is critical infrastructure helping families and businesses stay connected,” said Tester. “These investments are exactly the kind of upgrades we had in mind when we wrote our bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, and they will help the airport expand, create jobs, and grow Sidney’s economy.”
The funding is a part of approximately $144 million for 69 Montana airports through his bipartisan infrastructure law, which will be awarded over five years through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Grants, which can be used to construct or repair runways and taxiways as well as make terminal and gate improvements. Tester was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to vote for the legislation.
Tester worked across the aisle for months to negotiate this agreement with a group of five Republicans, four Democrats, and the White House. Tester’s law is projected to create more than 800,000 American jobs and lower costs for businesses by making targeted investments that will strengthen our nation without raising taxes on working families.
As a lead author of the bill, Tester made sure that the law does not raise taxes. He secured significant wins for Montana in the law, including $2.82 billion for Montana’s roads, highways and bridges; up to $100 million for the Milk River Project and $1 billion to complete all authorized rural water projects through the Bureau of Reclamation; $42.45 billion for broadband deployment to low-connectivity areas across the country; and $3.37 billion to reduce wildfire risk nationwide, among others. Tester also worked to ensure that all iron, steel, and construction materials used for these projects must be made in America.