Five airports in Arkansas will receive more than $5.4 million in federal grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for construction and planning projects.
On Monday (Aug. 7), the FAA announced awarding $167.6 million in airport infrastructure grants to 64 airports in 30 states across the United States as part of the federal agency’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
In Arkansas, West Memphis Municipal Airport will receive $3.18 million to expand the apron. Rogers Executive Airport will receive $1.81 million to expand the apron. Horsehoe Bend Airport will receive $217,000 to update its airport master plan. Also, McGehee Municipal Airport will receive $109,664 to update its airport master plan. And, Sheridan Municipal Airport will receive $83,101 to build a taxiway.
“The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity and environmental improvements,” said Elaine Chao, secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation. “This is an important investment in these airport and the economic vitality of their respective communities.”
So far this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than 1,300 new grants to almost 1,200 airports for a total of $2 billion. “These grants will provide funds for 546 runway projects and 459 taxiway projects that are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports,” a news release shows.