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City gets $190K for hangar rehab

Brookhaven scored a small share of a $3 million Mississippi Department of Transportation grant that will allow for hangar rehabilitation at the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport.

The city won a $190,000 competitive MDOT grant that will be used to rehabilitate a hangar at the airport on Heucks Retreat Road, Ryan Holmes with Dungan Engineering told the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen Tuesday.

The multi-modal grants are awarded for transportation projects that play a vital role in transporting people, goods and services that promote economic growth and development throughout Mississippi.

“It’s always good to get money from outside our local funds,” Holmes said.

The city is already taking bids through July for a taxiway extension project at the airport, which will be funded from a $190,000 Federal Aviation Grant.

The taxiway is part of a 20-year, $12 million airport improvement plan the city embarked on in February.

The FAA grant is part of $13.39 million for improvements to seven airports in the state, which were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Brookhaven will use the 90-5-5 grant to extend Taxiway B to 687 feet to meet operational needs of the airport.

Holmes said 90 percent of the grant is a federal award with a 5-percent match for state and the remaining 5-percent match from local funding.

The long-term airport plan for Brookhaven includes construction of new hangars with City of Brookhaven and grant funds, demolition of obsolete hangars and the relocation of the airport’s fuel farm after demolition of hangars.

All four projects will be complete within the next 12 months, Holmes said. The projects total approximately $1.23 million with $554,096 in grants.

In February, the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen voted to approve a $12 million capital improvement plan at the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport that will cover additions and renovations over the next two decades. They voted to borrow the $600,000 on a five-year note to begin design and bidding on a strip hangar.

The airport, constructed in 1967, includes a 5,000-foot asphalt runway that is 75 feet wide. The airport sees 9,500 operations annually. Each landing and takeoff counts as an operation.

The 20-year plan is designed to take what’s there and either relocate it or replace it to allow for optimum use of the property and facilities. The plan calls for a new strip hangar to be built to replace the older hangars made of block and sheet metal. And with the old hangars gone, the fuel farm can be moved.