Airport receives federal grant

Published 10:09 am Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport recently received a Federal Aviation Administration grant to help improve the facility’s infrastructure.

The grant, totaling $362,873, will be used to complete a number of projects including updating the apron and taxiway.

The apron is the area of the airport where aircraft are parked, unloaded or loaded, refueled or boarded. The project will also allow for the acquisition of 107 acres of easements to remove obstructions.

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This grant is part of $10 million federal effort to improve airport facilities around Mississippi.

“Airports in Mississippi utilize this federal grant program to improve the efficiency and safety of their aviation facilities,” said Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  “I appreciate the fact that communities also use these improvements to increase the value of their airport facilities as economic development tools.”

Funding for the grants is drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and other similar revenue sources.  The Federal Aviation Administration oversees the grant distribution.

The local airport celebrated 50 years of service in 2011.