The U.S. Department of Transportation is sending more than $12 million to Massachusetts to benefit municipal airports.

The funding will be distributed to the New Bedford Regional Airport, plus airports in Barnstable and Plymouth,

New Bedford is receiving just over $3 million to rehabilitate the airport's taxiway.

Senator Edward Markey says federal transportation funding like this will help ensure our airports are operating safely and effectively, while supporting visitors, residents and businesses in the area.