Fort Smith, Rogers Airports Get Sizable FAA Grants

by Lee Hogan  on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 11:04 am  

Two airports in northwest Arkansas are the recipients of sizable grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The grants — $4.9 million to the Fort Smith Regional Airport and $3.3 million to the Rogers Municipal-Carter Field Airport — are available through funding from an omnibus appropriations bill that was signed into law in January.

The $4.9 million grant to Fort Smith is the largest single grant the airport has received from the FAA. It will help with the realignment of a taxiway, a nearly $10 million project entering the final of three stages.

John Parker, the airport's director, said the final leg of the project should begin by the end of this month or in September, and take about a year to complete.

"This funding will allow the airport to make much-needed infrastructure upgrades to they can meet FAA safety standards and continue to support the region's growing business and transportation needs," U.S. Sen Mark Pryor said in a news release.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman said the "investment will help meet the demands placed on the Fort Smith airport and support the growth and commerce in the region."

At the Rogers airport, the FAA grant will fund the continued rehabilitation of the airport's apron that will include more than 230,000-SF of new pavement.

"As more and more people make northwest Arkansas their home for their families and businesses, we must ensure our transportation infrastructure keeps pace and can support our growing population," U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said in the release. 



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