FAA awarded $148.3 million for airport projects

April 24th, 2024

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $148.3 million for 73 airport-related infrastructure projects in 28 states and Guam. These projects are funded exclusively under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Airport Infrastructure Grants (AIG) program, which provides about $15 billion in total funding with $3 billion available annually for five years. “The […]

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Investments in innovative transportation technology projects announced

March 19th, 2024

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has announced more than $50 million in grant awards for 34 technology demonstration projects across the country through the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program. The competitive grant program, established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $500 million over five years for state, local, and tribal governments to leverage advances in […]

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Interpreting and monitoring the final Buy America guidelines

October 1st, 2023

As I sat down to write this article, the final rule for the Guidance for Grants and Agreements from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had been posted on the Federal Register (FR) with a 60-day notice to take effect October 23, 2023. ( The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has been constantly monitoring […]

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GMA’s federal lobby efforts uncover new interlayer opportunity

February 1st, 2023

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) recently made progress regarding the use of asphalt interlayers on airfield pavement projects funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The use of interlayers has been severely restricted for these projects for approximately seven years, based on policy guidance issued by the FAA Airport Engineering Division. With the assistance of […]

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Washington fully open

October 1st, 2022

Since mid-summer, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has been swamped with conversations related to the Buy American, Build America (BABA) provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) 180-day hold for clarity and definition on the Buy America clauses. GMA members have been meeting with various agency leaders in Washington, D.C., to ensure that our questions […]

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