5 Arkansas Airports to Get $3M From FAA

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin on Thursday announced that five Arkansas airports will receive more than $2.9 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport facility upgrades and improvements.

"These funds will improve efficiency, safety and transportation at Arkansas airports," Boozman said in a news release. "These important investments in our state’s infrastructure will help support economic development and job growth."

The funding comes from the fiscal 2014 omnibus appropriations bill, signed into law in January.

The airports receiving funding are as follows:

  • Blytheville Municipal Airport will receive $227,673 to install perimeter fencing, which will prevent unauthorized persons and vehicles from entering onto the airfield.
  • J Lynn Helms Sevier County Airport in De Queen will receive $44,370 to support the engineering design phase of the new parallel taxiway project. This construction will eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway.
  • Morrilton Municipal Airport will receive $380,500 to install perimeter fencing, which will protect the airport from unauthorized and inadvertent entry and wildlife hazards.
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport will receive $1,815,289 for drainage improvements to help the airport adequately handle stormwater runoff.
  • West Memphis Municipal Airport will receive $446,534 to rehabilitate the apron, which is needed to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement.