FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM) will receive nearly $5 million from a grant, according to a news release on Monday (Aug. 11).
Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., announced the grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday, the release states.
The total amount of the grant is $4.9 million, and the funding will be used to shift a taxiway and finalize other construction that was ongoing at the airport, according to the release.
“Today’s grant announcement is great news for Fort Smith,” Pryor said. “This funding will allow the airport to make much-needed infrastructure upgrades so they can meet FAA safety standards and continue to support the region’s growing business and transportation needs.”
“This is exciting news for my hometown of Fort Smith,” Boozman said. “The investment will help meet the demands placed on the Fort Smith airport and support growth and commerce in the region. It’s important that we continue to seek improvements to our transportation system so area businesses and industries can remain competitive in this global economy.”
“These funds will allow Fort Smith to make smart, essential improvements to its airport,” Womack said. “Developing our transportation infrastructure is key to the continued growth of the city’s and our state’s economies.”
The funding is supported by an omnibus appropriations bill, which was signed into law in January.