Two Tri-City airports are among the 26 public airports in the state that will receive nearly $12 million in federal, state and local money for airport maintenance and improvements.
Included in the awards is more than $1.1 million in the first round of state Airport Aid grants for the 2011-13 biennium.
Port of Kennewick will receive $140,500 in state money for Vista Field, meant to pay for taxiway and apron pavement maintenance, including crack sealing, seal coating and re-painting markings.
Port of Benton will receive $2,500 in state money and $94,995 in federal funding for the design engineering to move taxiway B and the circle area hanger taxi lanes at the Richland Airport.
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The state Department of Transportation expects to award the next round of grants next spring.