Delta Regional Authority distributes $31 million in funding; Arkansas receives $5.7 million

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The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is awarding over $31 million in investments to 34 projects across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri through the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

The projects cover public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, and flood control. The projects are also projected to create or retain 1,400 jobs and affect nearly 12,300 families.

Funding for this program was made available, in part, by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“The Community Infrastructure Fund is one of DRA’s most unique tools that allows us to expand and invest in the resiliency of the region’s public infrastructure,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins. “As a result of this investment, over 12,000 families will have improved access to infrastructure, helping to improve their quality of life and increase economic opportunities in their communities.”

The following projects received CIF funding in Arkansas:

The East Camden Drainage Improvement project in East Camden, Arkansas, has been awarded more than $375,000 for drainage improvements to help eliminate flooding.

The Memorial Drive Improvements project in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, has been awarded more than $142,000 to make needed road infrastructure accommodations to support an egg grading and packaging facility.

The River Ridge Parking Area project in Rison, Arkansas, has been awarded more than $280,000 for infrastructure improvements to a parking area and construction of an additional driveway to accommodate the River Ridge Equipment Company.

The Stephens Wastewater Improvement project in Stephens, Arkansas, has been awarded more than $382,000 to replace 1,200 linear feet of sewer main and five failing manholes in the city.

The Stuttgart Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements project in Stuttgart, Arkansas, has been awarded $2 million for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The Calhoun County Water Expansion project in Hampton, Arkansas, has been awarded more than $1.7 million to install 159,000 linear feet of water line and meters, extending water services to residents that do not have water.

The Altheimer Water Tank and Waterline project in Altheimer, Arkansas, has been awarded more than $843,000 to purchase and install a new elevated water tank and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system.