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Cochran, Wicker Announce $4.5 Million for Airport Improvements in Mississippi

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U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today reported that 19 Mississippi airport facilities will benefit from more than $4.49 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“These grants serve as a worthwhile tool‎ to help Mississippi communities improve the safety and efficiency of their airports,” Cochran said. “With these upgrades, these airports can better serve as transportation and economic development hubs for cities and towns throughout our state.”

“The projects financed by these grants will allow for vital transportation improvements throughout the state,” Wicker said. “Our state’s local airports stand to benefit from these important investments in infrastructure and safety upgrades.”

Last week, a new FAA reform bill was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, of which Wicker serves as a senior member. The legislation, now awaiting consideration by the full Senate, includes provisions to expand the Airport Improvement Program.

The Appropriations Committee, which Cochran chairs, writes the legislation that funds the Airport Improvement Program. That Committee is in the process of writing Appropriations Bills for Fiscal Year 2017, one of which will provide additional funding for the program. Funding for the grants is drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and other, similar revenue sources.

The 19 FAA grants for Mississippi will support the following airport projects:

Stennis International Airport, Hancock County – $673,675 for apron expansion to accommodate increased use of the general aviation facilities
Greenwood-Leflore Airport, City of Greenwood and Leflore County – $673,675 for taxiway construction
Tunica Municipal Airport, Tunica County and Tunica County Airport Commission – $491,166 for runway rehabilitation and the installation of a new runway visual guidance system
Bruce Campbell Field Airport, City of Madison – $424,691 for construction of a terminal building
Holly Springs-Marshall County Airport, Holly Springs-Marshall County Airport Board – $267,819 for runway rehabilitation
Magee Municipal Airport, City of Magee – $225,000 for improvements to airport drainage, the installation of perimeter fencing, and the removal of tree obstructions
John Bell Williams Airport, Hinds County – $218,239 for airport apron expansion, as well as a study on the airport drainage system
Picayune Municipal Airport, City of Picayune – $192,686 for construction of taxiway to provide access to aircraft hangars
Hawkins Field Airport, City of Jackson and Jackson Municipal Airport Authority – $175,525 for airport apron rehabilitation
Monroe County Airport, County of Monroe – $175,043 for apron, runway, and taxiway rehabilitation, as well as airport master plan updates
Indianola Municipal Airport, City of Indianola – $149,337 for the construction of a hangar building
Yazoo County Airport, Yazoo County – $148,675 for taxiway rehabilitation and the installation of airfield guidance signs
Greenville Mid-Delta Airport, City of Greenville – $148,675 for improvements to airport drainage and the installation of airport beacons and perimeter fencing
Booneville/Baldwin Airport, County of Prentiss – $143,280 for taxiway construction
Okolona Municipal-Richard Stovall Field Airport, City of Okolona – $84,324 for construction of a terminal building
New Albany-Union County Airport, City of New Albany and Union County – $77,197 for land acquisition and the removal of tree obstructions
Trent Lott International Airport, Jackson County – $74,865 for taxiway rehabilitation
Roscoe Turner Airport, City of Corinth and Alcorn County – $73,675 for installation of perimeter fencing
Belzoni Municipal Airport, City of Belzoni – $73,675 for installation of taxiway lighting

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