Texarkana Re­gional gets fund­ing boost for two ma­jor projects

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE - By Greg Bischof

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion has green­lit grant money for Texarkana Re­gional Air­port to fund the design of two ma­jor projects.

Air­port Di­rec­tor Mark Mellinger told Air­port Au­thor­ity Board mem­bers that the FAA will fund 90 per­cent of a pro­jected $1.2 mil­lion cost in grants to cover en­gi­neer­ing fees for de­sign­ing an ex­tended taxi­way for the air­port—with the Ar­kan­sas Depart­ment of Aero­nau­tics pick­ing up the re­main­ing 10 per­cent. The same fed­eral and state fund­ing for­mula will also cover a pro­jected $697,445 needed to design a new pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal. Lit­tle Rock-based McClel­land En­gi­neer­ing firm will design both projects.

Mellinger said the money for both design projects should be avail­able some­time this sum­mer, after which en­gi­neer­ing work can start.

Mellinger added that he at­tended an Ar­kan­sas Aero­nau­tics Com­mis­sion meet­ing ear­lier this week, where com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved grant­ing the air­port more than $333,500 to pay for the pri­mary run­way’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project. An­other grant, which will be nearly equal in size (about $300,000) will be avail­able to the air­port next month to cover most of the rest of the re­hab’s cost.

In other busi­ness, Mellinger told board mem­bers that the air­port is mak­ing sub­stan­tial progress in clear­ing out over­grown brush in and around the air­port’s old Air Force build­ings and radar dome—which were in op­er­a­tion be­tween 1952 and 1968. He added that the cleanup ef­fort aided in get­ting two non-fly­able mil­i­tary air­craft— one a old Bri­tish jet—sold to a lo­cal buyer. Fu­ture con­tin­ued cleanup will fo­cus on get­ting mold cleaned out of the build­ings.

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