WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Congressman Steve Womack announced the Russellville Regional Airport is the recipient of $1,575,212 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The investment will be used for infrastructure and safety improvement projects, including a runway overlay, which will improve the runway pavement strength and upgraded runway lighting.
“This investment in the Russellville Regional Airport will improve safety and efficiency. These upgrades will support long-term growth and development in the region,” Boozman said.
“Russellville’s airport is an important driver of economic growth and a gateway to the region. This investment will enhance safety for travelers to the area and ensure the airport’s utility for years to come,” Cotton said.
“The Russellville Regional Airport is a vital transportation center that moves our residents, businesses, and economy. This funding will improve local aviation infrastructure to support traveler experience and facility operations. With the region continually growing, smart investments like this will keep the airport safe and modern,” Womack said.
The Russellville Regional Airport has seen passenger traffic rapidly grow, with its economic impact nearly doubling in the last 10 years. This increased usage makes it critically important that the runways and airfield light systems are modernized to handle additional capacity, bolster runway strength, improve aircraft guidance and support the safety of travelers. Additionally, a local contractor will be handling the projects, ensuring that the funding is further invested in the community.
“The importance of this project to rehabilitate our runway making it safer and stronger is paramount. The upgrade of the lighting system to LED lights will provide an energy savings to the city and ultimately the taxpayer. This entire project of over $1.5 million dollars will be at zero tax cost to the taxpayers of Russellville. We appreciate the Congressional support we received for this and other programs,” Keith Frazier, Russellville Regional Airport Director said.
The grant will be disbursed through the Federal Aviation Administration. The Arkansas Congressional delegation has continually fought for federal investments that improve vital infrastructure, create jobs and support residents throughout the Natural State.
Original article source: https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/9/arkansas-lawmakers-announce-dot-grant-for-russellville-regional-airport | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council