Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge Airports to Get More than $3 Million for Improvements

FEBRUARY 8, 2005 - Posted at 2:05 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON, DC - Two Region 8 airports have been awarded a total of $3,120,250 in grants from the Department of Transportation, according to announcement from the office of First District Congressman Marion Berry.

The grants, provided by the DOT's Federal Aviation Administration, will allow the Jonesboro Municipal Airport and the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport to upgrade safety and security measures and to acquire rescue equipment.

The Walnut Ridge airport will get $2 million to rehabilitate the runway.  The Jonesboro facility is in line for $1,120,250 to acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, construct a building to assist with rescue and firefighting, and install guidance signs for the airport.

"Infrastructure is the lifeblood of rural America," Berry said.  "Maintaining our rural airports is a necessary step as the counties of Arkansas' First Congressional District continue to be a place families and businesses want to stay and grow."