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  • Cydney Thompson, Northeast Arkansas News

Paragould Airport receives grant for taxiways

3 Northeast Arkansas airports will receive grants to improve their daily operations.

The 3 local airports include Calico Rock, Mountain Home Baxter County and Paragould Kirkfield locations. After talking with Paragould airport manager, he says this grant will mostly be used for safety.

“Some of the larger aircrafts had a little trouble navigating those terms so it become a safety issue so, these fund will be applied to that and a part of that we will remove two terms and our taxiway will be straight,” Paragould airport manager, Rodger Slayton said.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chow, of the Trump Administration will award more than $273 million in grants to 41 different states across the united states, including Arkansas, to improve airport safety.

The total includes a little over 2-hundred 42 million from the airport improvement program and 31 million from the cares act grant.

The projects will include purchasing things like aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, construction runways and taxiways.

Paragould airport received, over 5-hundred thousand dollars to extend their taxiway.

“It’s more of a safety issue especially at night. Pilots have to, we have a yellow line you have to follow and if a pilot just glances off, he’s not going to run off the taxiway he’ll just have a straight line. hopefully it’ll add some bigger aircraft coming in,” Slayton said.

Slayton’s says they hope to start on the taxiways in a few weeks with the weather permitting but do not have a set date of completion.


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