WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today joined Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1) and Steve Womack (AR-3) to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Arkansas airports over $3 million in grants for safety and operation improvements.
“Safe and reliable transportation infrastructure is critical to economic development in our state,” Pryor said. “These federal funds will allow our airports to make needed upgrades so they can continue to deliver people and products safely to their destination.”
"These grants are important investments for Arkansas. Infrastructure is key to expanding economic opportunities in our state. These grants will allow airports the ability to improve services and expand economic growth in our communities,” Boozman said.
"As a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I recognize the need to maintain a thriving transportation network that supports job creation and growth. I am grateful the Department of Transportation has identified Pocahontas Municipal Airport as a recipient of this grant, which will ensure that rural America is not forgotten when it comes to maintaining our nation’s infrastructure,” said Crawford.
“Ensuring safety and efficiency at our airports is necessary so that these vital parts of Arkansas's transportation infrastructure can continue to support the growth of our state and local economies,” said Womack.
The airports receiving funding are as follows:
• The Fort Smith Regional Airport will receive $2,486,293 to continue the rehabilitation of its taxiway. The rehabilitation of the taxiway is needed to maintain structural integrity of the pavement.
• Grider Field in Pine Bluff will receive $232,200 to rehabilitate its apron, the area where planes are parked, loaded and refueled.
• The Pocahontas Municipal Airport will receive $225,023 to install a new taxiway lighting system in order to enhance airfield operations during low visibility.• The Sheridan Municipal Airport will receive $372,731 to extend the runway and rehabilitate the runway pavement.