Arkansas delegation announces over $500,000 for airport upgrades

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 07/23 2014 10:52AM

Updated 07/23 2014 10:56AM

 U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressman Tim Griffin announced Wednesday that four Arkansas airports will receive over $500,000 in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport facility upgrades and expansions.

Pryor said, "Our local airports play a critical role in meeting our state's transportation and business needs, I'm proud to support this funding to upgrade our airports and help provide safe and reliable transportation for Arkansans."

Boozman said, "We must continue to meet the demands placed on our infrastructure. These airport investments are important for long term growth and development in our state."

Griffin said, "Modern infrastructure is essential for economic growth, and this funding to enhance our airport facilities will help increase commerce and private sector job creation in Arkansas while improving safety for travelers."

This funding is supported by the FY14 omnibus appropriations bill, which was signed into law in January.  The airports receiving funding are as follows:

  • Arkadelphia:  Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field will receive $150,525 to update the existing master plan and identify future airport growth and development needs.
  • Benton:  Saline County Regional Airport will receive $51,000 to fund the design and expansion of the airport apron, which is needed to accommodate the increased use of the general aviation facilities.
  • Magnolia:  Magnolia Regional Airport will receive $270,000 to support the milling and overlay of the apron.
  • Ozark:  Ozark-Franklin Count Airport will receive $50,000 to design and make drainage improvements that will help handle stormwater runoff.

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