More than $2-million in federal funds has been awarded to Bay Bridge Airport toward the first phase of improvements. The U.S. Transportation Department awarded the money through its Airport Improvement Program, said Maryland’s two U.S. senators. There are three phases to the improvements: extension of the taxiway on the north side; grading and improving the safety area at the western end; and, relocation of water and sewer lines as part of changes to Pier One Road. Construction is expected to begin this spring. There are four phases to the airport’s multi-year improvement program, which is expected to cost about $10.5-million. The federal government covers 95-percent of the cost with the state and county responsible for the remainder.