US awards $27M to expand, upgrade US Virgin Islands airports

March 6, 2019 GMT

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The federal government is awarding $27 million in grants to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help expand and renovate two airports damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said Wednesday that $20 million will be used to build a parking and transportation center at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas. He said another $7 million will help renovate and expand the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix.

He said the projects are expected to create up to 158 jobs and generate an estimated $6.1 million in private investment.


Hurricane Irma passed near St. John and St. Thomas in September 2017 as a Category 5 storm, while Maria passed south of St. Croix two weeks later, also as a Category 5.