I recently blogged about the poor condition of Hobby Airport. But airport officials disagreed with me saying there were major improvements that I didn’t see the day of my visit. But all of that aside. I’m excited to hear the aiport will be getting quite a windfall to spruce things up. Here’s the press release from the city of Houston:

Today Congressman Nick Lampson (D-TX) and Houston Mayor Bill White jointly announced a $20,540,181 U.S. Department of Transportation grant for William P. Hobby Airport. These funds will have multiple applications, including acquisition of new land for approaches, funding for safety measures and equipment, the reconstruction of a deteriorated runway, reimbursement costs for taxiway lighting, and conducting an environmental study to address capacity issues at the airport.

“Aviation and transportation are incredibly important to southeast Texas, and with our population in the greater Houston area growing by leaps and bounds every year, we must focus on transportation infrastructure to accommodate our increasing numbers,” said Congressman Lampson. “Hobby Airport is an example of an entity that is working to help expand our local economy and drive our area commerce.”

“Hobby Airport’s $4.5 billion annual economic impact is an important generator of economic activity and opportunity for Houston,” said Houston Mayor Bill White. “This grant, secured for Houston with Congressman Lampson’s help, will maintain Hobby’s competitive advantages and allow some of the infrastructure improvements necessary for its future modernization and expansion.”

Congressman Lampson and Mayor White have worked closely together on numerous issues, including crime control, expanding communications infrastructure for area first responders, and hurricane and natural disaster-related initiatives.

“I want to thank Mayor White for his support and helping the residents of southeast Texas with such important transportation projects,” added Congressman Lampson. “This grant is a great example of the kinds of multi-level efforts possible when state, local, and federal government entities work together. Through my seat on the Subcommittee on Aviation through the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I will continue to advocate for such projects for southeast Texas.”