Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today joined U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1) and Tim Griffin (AR-2) to announce that ten Arkansas airports will receive $4.2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to upgrade and improve their facilities.
"Arkansas airports are critical resources for families, businesses, and local communities," Pryor said. "Upgrading these facilities will ensure that our state remains a prime location for business and commerce in the future."
"These Arkansas airports play a vital role in economic development in the state. We must to continue fund improvements they require to help enable long-term growth and development," Boozman said.
"Supporting and maintaining our regional airports is a critical responsibility of mine as a Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to boost job creation at home. These grants will keep Arkansas airports competitive as we continue to find cost-effective ways to attract businesses and capital to our state," said Crawford.
"This is great news for all of central Arkansas because modern infrastructure is essential for economic growth. This funding will help increase commerce and private sector job creation in a vibrant region of our state," said Griffin.
"Transportation infrastructure is vital for economic growth," said Womack. "I'm grateful for these grants which will continue this important investment across Arkansas."
The airports receiving funding are as follows:
-Bentonville: The Bentonville Municipal Airport will receive $551,698 to improve the runway safety area.
-Berryville: The Carroll County Airport will receive $162,000 to install a perimeter fence that will protect against wildlife hazards.
-Blytheville: The Blytheville Municipal Airport will receive $240,000 to install a wildlife perimeter fence. The funding will also be used on fencing for the north and northwest sides of the airport.
-Clinton: The Clinton Municipal Airport will receive $144,540 to construct a taxiway that will provide access to future aircraft hangars.
-Colt: The Delta Regional Airport Authority will receive $1,659,161 to construct a new general aviation airport. The funding will also be used to construct a parallel taxiway and make drainage improvements.
-DeQueen: The J Lynn Helms Sevier County Airport will receive $89,100 to install a wildlife perimeter fence, as well as perimeter fencing along the border of highway US-70. The grant will also be used to purchase land for a future access road and hangars.
-Hope: The Hope Municipal Airport will receive $367,948 to install a new taxiway lighting system and replace the Precision Approach Path Indictor on each runway end. These projects will enhance the airport's visibility and safety.
-Jonesboro: The Jonesboro Municipal airport will receive $703,000 to rehabilitate the runway and complete a runway overlay project.
-Lake Village: The Lake Village Municipal Airport will receive $248,475 for a runway extension project, which will allow the airport better meet operational needs.
-Rogers: The Rogers Municipal-Carter Field Airport will receive $223,205 to rehabilitate the apron, design the east aircraft parking aprons, and seal-coat the taxiway system on the east side of the airport.