WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is providing more than $4.1 million to eight Arkansas airports for facility upgrades.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is providing more than $4.1 million to eight Arkansas airports for facility upgrades.


"These airport investments are important for long term growth and development in Arkansas as we continue to recruit businesses to our state," said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.


The grants were announced Tuesday by Boozman, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers. Funding for the grants was included in the 2014 budget that Congress approved in January.


The grants include:


—$2,208,611 for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport to widen a taxi lane so that larger aircraft can access the concourse. The grant will also cover terminal expansion costs.


—$486,000 for Paris Municipal Airport to widen and rehabilitate its runway.


—$438,079 for Fordyce Municipal Airport to widen its taxiway.


—$351,378 for Calico Rock-Izard County airport to widen its taxiway.


—$270,000 for Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport to update its master plan and identify future airport needs.


—$159,636 for Searcy County Airport to rehabilitate its runway.


—$157,500 for Woodruff County Airport to install weather reporting equipment and rehabilitate its runway.


—$40,500 for Waldron Municipal Airport to rehabilitate its runway and taxiway and fully reconstruct the apron pavement.