The Tuscaloosa News, Ala. (TNS)
Jul 15th, 2020
Three airports in West Alabama will receive money for infrastructure improvements through the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Bibb County Airport in Centreville will receive $150,556 to reconstruct a taxiway, the Demopolis Regional Airport will receive $166,666 to update the airport master plan and Richard Arthur Field Airport in Fayette will receive $150,000 to reconstruct a ramp.
Sixteen local airports, including the three West Alabama airports, will receive a total of $10,750,845 infrastructure improvement grants through annual appropriations measures, as well as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020.
“Improvements to infrastructure at the local level are important for economic development in our communities,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby in a news release. “I am pleased that these 16 airports will receive nearly $11 million to enhance safety and boost aviation advancements. This is great news for each of these areas and will advance economic growth. I look forward to the positive impact this funding will have throughout Alabama.”
The grants are administered through the 2020 fiscal year Airport Improvement Program’s annual and supplemental awards. Additionally, funds provided through the CARES Act serve as the local match for the infrastructure grants.
Here’s a list of other airports that will receive funding:
• South Alabama Regional Airport-Bill Benton Field in Sanford will receive $166,666 to construct, extend and improve a safety area
• Auburn University Regional Airport will receive $2,085,581 to rehabilitate a runway
• Cullman Regional Airport-Folsom Field in Vinemont will receive $774,251 to rehabilitate a runway and reconfigure an existing taxiway
• Jeremiah Denton Airport at Dauphin Island will receive $588,888 to reconstruct runway lighting and an airport lighting vault
• Weedon Field Airport in Eufaula will receive $137,765 to acquire land for development and for obstruction removal
• Evergreen Regional Airport-Middleton Field will receive $455,663 to construct a taxiway
• Posey Field Airport in Haleyville will receive $604,575 to install perimeter fencing and for obstruction removal
• Headland Municipal Airport will receive $282,500 to install weather reporting equipment
• Huntsville Executive Airport-Tom Sharp Jr. Field in Meridianville will receive $204,934 to acquire land for development and construct an airport-related environmental study
• Mobile Downtown Airport will receive $3,000,602 to rehabilitate a ramp
• Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals will receive $517,600 to conduct a study, rehabilitate a taxiway, and seal runway pavement joints
• Prattville Airport-Grouby Field will receive $1,129,018 to seal ramp pavement joints, seal runway pavement joints, and seal taxiway pavement joints
• Craig Field Airport in Selma will receive $335,580 to rehabilitate a taxi lane