LITTLE ROCK — The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock will receive a $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation announced Tuesday.

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, made the announcement in a joint news release. The money will be used to rehabilitate the taxiway and runway lighting systems and reimburse the airport for land previously purchased for development.

"This grant will tremendously enhance our top two priorities at Clinton National," said Ronald F. Mathieu, the airport’s executive director. "Certainly safety is our utmost focus with funds to be used for airfield improvements, including enhancing our lighting system to better assist pilots during times of low visibility.

"In addition, a portion of funds will further airport expansion efforts to benefit our customers and ultimately the community as we continue serving as one of the state’s largest economic engines," he said.