Federal grants of nearly $1 million for taxiway construction and to study a runway at East Texas Regional Airport were announced Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $918,000 in infrastructure grants to Gregg County, which maintains the airport.

The FAA has dedicated $810,000 to construct a new taxiway at East Texas Regional Airport, plus another $108,000 to study one of the airport’s three runways.

Airport Manager Roy Miller said Tuesday that the county already has placed Phase 1 construction of the taxiway out for contractor bids.

The grants are among about $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program grants awarded by the FAA to airports across the nation. The Airport Improvement Program provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. The grant covers at least 90 percent of eligible costs for general aviation airports such as the East Texas Regional Airport.

“These Airport Improvement Program grants will ensure that a safer, more efficient East Texas Regional Airport remains an economic engine and vital infrastructure component for its community,” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao wrote in a statement Tuesday.

Jimmy Daniell Isaac covers the city of Longiew and Gregg County. Follow him on Twitter: @jimmyisaaclives.