Airport steps up security and safety with grant
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Metro Airport is taking safety and security to another level after receiving grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA awarded more than $7.3 million in federal and state funding to the airport to help improve the airport's operations and safety. The grant money will pay for multiple projects that include utilizing more runway space for planes to land, fixing areas on the air field that accumulate water and rerouting the drainage canals as well as updating major security changes.
"I feel like its very secure every time I go through, said Peyton Crow, who's frequent flies through the Baton Rouge airport. "They're really thorough and I feel like it's a great airport."
Part of the grant includes more than $2 million that'll only be used to upgrade the fence surrounding the airport.
"We're beginning to change out the fencing to make us a harder target than we are right now," said airport police chief Anthony Williams. "It's beginning to show its age and because of that we are going to change out large sections, and we're going to upgrade the culvert system to a new culvert system that'll make it harder for people to enter in without being seen."
Airport officials say the upgrades to the fence should be complete in three to six months. The grant will also include a new firefighter vehicle. The improvements also mean about 300 construction jobs.