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WASHINGTON D.C.- U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1) and Steve Womack (AR-3) today announced that thirteen Arkansas airports will receive over $3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for facility upgrades and improvements.

“Airports play a critical role in sustaining our state’s businesses and local economies,” Pryor said. “These funds will help us ensure that Arkansas airports are able to continue providing safe and efficient service to Arkansas residents and businesses alike.” 

“Infrastructure is vital to Arkansas’s long-term growth. These local airports are valuable assets for our rural communities and transportation is key to expanding economic opportunities in these areas,” Boozman said. 

“Arkansas’s airports and our transportation infrastructure are vital to the growth of our state and local economies, and I welcome these grants, which will allow continued economic expansion in our state,” said Womack. 

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

• Berryville: Carroll County Airport will receive $54,000 to rehabilitate the existing runway pavement. 

• Brinkley: Brinkley will receive $235,169 for the construction of a portion of an access road and chain-link security fencing at Frank Federer Memorial Airport. 

 Carlisle: Carlisle Municipal Airport will receive $135,000 to install a new taxiway lighting system. This project will help enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. 

• Corning: Corning Municipal Airport will receive $49,950 to rehabilitate its apron pavement and fund the design phase of the project. 

• De Witt: De Witt Municipal Airport will receive $45,180 to expand the apron for additional aircraft parking. 

• El Dorado: South Arkansas Regional at Goodwin Field will receive $598,929 to expand the terminal apron, which will provide additional aircraft parking. 

• Fayetteville: Drake Field Airport will receive $31,770 to rehabilitate its apron. This project is needed to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement. 

• Flippin: Marion County Regional Airport will receive $314,100 to rehabilitate the existing apron pavement, which has reached the end of its useable life. 

Harrison: Boone County Airport will receive $244,000 to rehabilitate the current taxiway lighting system. 

• Hot Springs: Memorial Field Airport will receive $596,663 to expand the aircraft parking apron and construct a taxiway to eliminate confusing airfield geometry near the runway end area. 

• Mountain Home: Baxter County will receive $135,000 to crack-seal and seal-coat the parallel taxiway pavement. 

• Pine Bluff: Grider Field will receive $166,230 to fund the second and final phase of the apron rehabilitation construction.

• Siloam Springs: Smith Field will receive $427,500 to rehabilitate the existing 1,100 feet of taxiway pavement.

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