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Arkansas Delegation Members Announce $5.8 Million FAA Grant for Airport Improvement

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Washington, September 20, 2016 | comments

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressman Steve Womack, today announced that Rogers Executive Airport will receive $5.8 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen the airport’s runway at Carter Field. 

The project includes a full-depth runway keel reconstruction, mill and overlay of the existing asphalt pavement, installation of pavement underdrains, crack repair, pavement grooving, and rehabilitation of the runway lighting.

“Airports are a vital part of our nation’s infrastructure and a driver of economic growth.  I am pleased that Rogers Executive Airport is receiving these funds to invest in upgrading and improving the runway at Carter Field. Upgrading our infrastructure through projects such as this will better serve the economic needs of our community and state and will facilitate further opportunities for enhanced commerce and job creation,” Boozman said.

“This grant will allow the Rogers Executive Airport to make much-needed improvements to the infrastructure at Carter Field.  I'm confident these hard-earned taxpayer dollars will be put to good use, ensuring the airport can provide high-quality service to Northwest Arkansas as it continues to grow,” Cotton said. 

“Developing our transportation infrastructure is key to the continued economic growth in Rogers and our state.  This investment will not only help meet the demands placed on and improve safety at the Rogers Executive Airport, but it will also support growth and commerce in the region,” said Womack. 

“We have been working in concert with our partners at FAA for several years to bring this project to fruition,” said Rogers Executive Airport Manager David Krutsch.  “We are very thankful to receive this grant, which will fund a much-needed runway pavement and lighting rehabilitation project that will enhance safety and provide a structurally sound, durable runway designed to support our current and expected aircraft fleet mix.”

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Financial Services and General Government, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.

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