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Arkansas Congressional Delegation Announces $5.5 Million in FAA Grants for Airport Improvements

June 26, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 2242353

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman today announced that 11 Arkansas airports will receive $5.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support facility upgrades and expansions.

"These investments will strengthen infrastructure in Arkansas. Local airports are valuable assets for communities across the state. This critical funding will provide our airports with the resources they need to upgrade safety features and support economic growth and development," members said.

The airports receiving funding are as follows:

  • Arkadelphia: Dexter B Florence Memorial Airport will receive $49,500 to conduct a study to identify options for improving drainage on the airport.
  • Bentonville: Bentonville Municipal Airport will receive $1,496,258 for taxiway construction.
  • De Queen: J Lynn Helms Sevier County Airport will receive $82,581 to rehabilitate the apron.
  • Fayetteville: Drake Field Airport will receive $135,000 to widen the taxiway.
  • Hope: Hope Municipal Airport will receive $90,000 to conduct a study to identify solutions to improve airport drainage.
  • Little Rock: Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport will receive $2,250,498 to construct new runways and reconstruct runway lighting systems.
  • Magnolia: Magnolia Municipal Airport will receive $338,531 to construct a runway and install runway lighting systems.
  • Morrilton: Morrilton Municipal Airport will receive $312,848 to rehabilitate the runway.
  • Mount Ida: Bearce Airport will receive $232,696 to rehabilitate the apron.
  • Ozark: Ozark-Franklin County Airport will receive $168,891 to construct a taxiway.
  • Paragould: Kirk Field Airport will receive $161,511 to acquire eight acres of land. An additional grant of $180,000 will be used to conduct a master plan study to show current and future needs of the airport.