ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) presented a check for $15 million as a part of transportation improvements in Roanoke.

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport was given the multi-million dollar funding from the Infrastructure and Jobs Act that passed in 2021.

“I’m proud to present $15 million from the infrastructure bill that will go to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport,” Warner said.

The senator says the additional funding will aid in improving the overall experience for travelers by moving T.S.A. and opening an additional gate.

“That will mean additional traffic, that’ll mean more flights out of Roanoke,” Warner added.

He says that this will hopefully lead to cheaper airfare in Roanoke. According to the lawmaker, he picked the airport because oftentimes people will skip it and fly out of a bigger airport.

“One of the things that I’m concerned about is the leakage of traffic down to Charlotte, or even sometimes people, if you’re going cross-country, driving all the way up to Dulles,” Warner said.

Warner also expressed interest in helping train travel in the area.