Helena-West Helena's Thompson-Robbins Airport is among six rural Arkansas airports that will share $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure upgrades.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Arkansas Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Congressmen Rick Crawford and Tim Griffin.
“Arkansas' rural communities rely on their local airports for business and travel,” stated Pryor. “These grants will ensure our airports have the resources they need to provide safe, efficient and accessible transportation.”
The Thompson-Robbins Airport will receive $180,000 to rehabilitate its current taxiway lighting system.
“These grants are important for Arkansas,” commented Boozman. “Local airports are valuable assets for our rural communities and infrastructure is the key to expanding economic opportunities in these areas. This is the type of economic stimulus that will provide long-term growth and development.”
“As a member of the House transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I know the critical importance of supporting our rural airports,” said Crawford. “These funds will allow airports in my district to make improvements to stay competitive and bring jobs to our state.”
Other Arkansas airports receiving grant money include: Benton, Brinkley, Heber Springs, Mena and Stuttgart.