LITTLE ROCK — Six rural Arkansas airports will receive more than $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure upgrades, members of the Arkansas congressional delegation announced Tuesday.
The Frank Federer Memorial Airport in Brinkley will receive the largest grant, $388,124, to rehabilitate its apron because the existing pavement has reached the end of its useful life.
Other airports receiving funding:
—Saline County Regional Airport in Benton, $350,000 to rehabilitate, rejuvenate and seal coat the runway and general aviation apron.
—Heber Springs Municipal Airport, $265,937 to update its runway lighting system, which is needed for safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. Funding will also be used for a new runway vertical-visual guidance system to make the airport more accessible.
—Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport, $212,130 to rehabilitate its connector taxiway pavement.
—Thompson-Robbins Airport in Helena-West Helena, $180,000 to rehabilitate the current taxiway lighting system.
—Stuttgart Municipal Airport, $92,232 to rehabilitate the apron pavement. Funds will also be used for drainage improvements to help the airport better handle storm water runoff.