WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $2,594,741 in transportation funding for air travel improvement projects in Maine, according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins, R-Maine.

The funding is distributed as follows:

— $1,177,843 to Portland for preliminary engineering and design for a runway safety area construction project at Portland International Jetport.

— $166,818 to Bethel for an airport master plan update at Bethel Regional Airport.

— $222,266 to Princeton to expand the aircraft parking apron at Princeton Municipal Airport.

— $285,000 to Knox County for terminal building construction at Knox County Regional Airport.

— $118,750 to Knox County for the rehabilitation of a runway at Knox County Regional.

— $99,943 to the state of Maine for runway improvements at Augusta State Airport.

— $453,818 to Presque Isle for a taxiway extension project and the installation of perimeter fencing at Northern Maine Regional Airport.

— $70,303 to Auburn and Lewiston for an environmental assessment for Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport.

The Department of Transportation aims to improve safety, increase mobility in support of the nation’s economy, protect human and natural environment, achieve organizational excellence and support the national security strategy.

“The people of Maine depend on safe and efficient air travel to stay connected to the rest of the country and the world,” Snowe and Collins said in the release. “These funds will make necessary infrastructure improvements to airports across the state, keeping travel services safe and Mainers in the air.”