Arkansas Airports Get Budget Boost

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four Arkansas airports will receive more than $3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to support facility upgrades and expansions.
Airports in Springdale, Van Buren County, Little Rock and Texarkana will benefit from the FAA funds:
  • Springdale Municipal Airport will get $678,060 to build an access road to the airport.
  • Clinton Municipal Airport in Van Buren County will get $150,694 to install a new taxiway lighting system to enhance safe operations during low-lighting conditions.
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport will receive $1,977,221 to acquire land for airport development and ensure compatible land use adjacent to airport boundaries.
  • Texarkana Regional Airport will receive $391,211 to rehabilitate the runway in order to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement.
Members of Arkansas' delegation in Congress weighed in on funding regional airports across Arkansas.

"Local airports are a vital resource for Arkansas communities, attracting businesses and jobs and providing convenient travel options for residents," U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) said. "These funds will allow our airports to make important infrastructure improvements that will help them operate safely and efficiently."

"Continued investment in Springdale Municipal Airport and our airports throughout the state means the continued growth of these cities and their contributions to Arkansas's economy," U.S. Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas). "We are grateful for this grant funding."

The funding is supported by the Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill signed into law in January.

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