The City of Houston is seeking more than $100 million in federal grants to renovate its airports. City leaders are getting their ducks in a row, so that the money will arrive as fast as possible, if and when Congress approves it.
Houston City Council is set to vote to authorize the potential grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
“Once it hits Houston, we can go ahead with projects that are on the books, potentially on the books, to get them started,” said Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Davis. He represents District B, which includes Bush Intercontinental Airport.
“We want to make sure our taxiways are great,” Davis said. “We want to make sure everything that’s going on in the airport is up to par. We can’t be behind if we want to be a leader. And so therefore this is very significant to the airport as well as to our local economy.”
The earliest the money would reach Houston would be September, although there’s no guarantee Congress will appropriate the full amount.