WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressman French Hill, Thursday announced that the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport will receive $5.9 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rehabilitate the taxiway at Adams Field.
The grant money will be used to fund phase 2 of the reconstruction project that will improve 2,500 feet of the existing Taxiway A pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.
"Air travel is a vital part of our nation’s transportation infrastructure and it helps spur economic activity and growth," Boozman said. "I am pleased that these funds will be used to upgrade part of the airport’s taxiway. This project will help Clinton National Airport continue to offer a high quality travel option that can connect travelers from Arkansas and beyond to the rest of the country."
"Clinton National Airport is Arkansas’s largest commercial service airport and helps drive economic growth in Little Rock and across the state. It’s critical they maintain their operations capabilities," said Cotton. "I’m confident these hard-earned taxpayer dollars will go a long way in upgrading airport infrastructure, and ensuring Adams Field can continue to provide top-notch quality and service it’s known for."
"Arkansas’s largest airport moves over one million passengers every year and is instrumental in growing our economy in Little Rock and throughout our entire state," said Hill. "By updating Adams Field we can better ensure safe and efficient travel for passengers at Clinton Nation Airport."
"The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission is committed to providing a safe and modernized airfield," said Ronald F. Mathieu, airport director. "We are extremely appreciative of this grant that will fund significant upgrades to accommodate larger cargo aircraft, which are frequently diverted to our airport."