- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding more than $10 million in grants that will be divided among 35 Mississippi airports.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said the grants will pay for project to make airports safer and more efficient, such as runway rehabilitation, new lights and new signs.

Money is coming from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and similar revenue sources, Cochran said in a news release. The grants cover 75 percent of costs for large and medium primary hub airports, and 90 to 95 percent of costs for small primary, reliever and general aviation airports.

“I appreciate the fact that communities also use these improvements to increase the value of their airport facilities as economic development tools,” Cochran said.

The grants are:

- Golden Triangle Regional Airport: $860,802 for airport apron rehabilitation and land acquisition.

- Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport: $762,587 for taxiway construction.

- Tupelo Regional Airport: $716,779 for runway safety improvements, fencing installation and runway rehabilitation.

- Fletcher Field Airport, Clarksdale: $593, 224 for the completion of taxiway construction and runway lighting rehabilitation.

- Hardy-Anders Field Natchez-Adams County Airport: $555,185 for hangar construction.

- Columbia-Marion County Airport: $536,384 for airport apron, runway and taxiway rehabilitation.

- Philadelphia Municipal Airport: $391,177 for construction of a terminal building.

- Eupora Airport: $374,194 for airport apron, runway and taxiway rehabilitation.

- Ripley Airport: $367,200 for airport apron rehabilitation.

- Trent Lott International Airport, Jackson County: $352,620 for instillation of airfield guidance signs, and runway and taxiway rehabilitation.

- Clarke County Airport: $337,050 for airport apron construction and taxiway construction.

- Belzoni Municipal Airport: $312,817 for taxiway construction.

- Paul Pittman Memorial Airport, Walthall County: $298,200 for hangar building rehabilitation.

- Iuka Airport: $268,875 for runway lighting rehabilitation and airport master plan updates.

- Winona-Montgomery County Airport: $234,540 for hangar building and taxiway construction.

- Dean Griffin Memorial Airport, Wiggins: $224,100 for construction of a fuel facility and the removal of tree obstructions.

- Stennis International Airport, Hancock County: $215,000 for acquisition of a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle.

- Waynesboro Municipal Airport: $214,440 for fuel facility improvements, runway rehabilitation and airport master plan updates.

- Okolona Municipal-Richard Stovall Field Airport: $180,163 for runway lighting rehabilitation.

- Booneville/Baldwyn Airport: $173,610 for runway safety area improvements, airport apron rehabilitation, tree obstruction removal and airport master plan updates.

- Columbus-Lowndes County Airport: $166,157 for tree obstruction removal.

- Hollandale Municipal Airport: $160,425 for the installation of perimeter fencing.

- C.A. Moore Airport, Lexington: $154,216 for erosion control repairs.

- Key Field Airport, Meridian: $150,000 for the acquisition of a replacement power sweeper.

- New Albany-Union County Airport: $150,000 for the installation of a runway vertical/visual guidance system.

- Cleveland Municipal Airport: $150,000 for taxiway rehabilitation.

- McComb/Pike County/John E. Lewis Field Airport: $150,000 for the installation of perimeter fencing.

- Louisville Winston County Airport: $150,000 for access road construction, runway rehabilitation and airport master plan updates.

- Roscoe Turner Airport, Corinth: $150,000 for the installation of perimeter fencing and airport apron rehabilitation.

- Vicksburg Municipal Airport: $144,675 for the installation of runway vertical/visual guidance system and tree obstruction removal.

- James H. Easom Field Airport, Newton: $135,450 for land acquisition.

- G.V. Montgomery Airport, Forest: $120,852 for tree obstruction removal.

- Houston Municipal Airport: $113,004 for taxiway construction.

- Picayune Municipal Airport: $75,600 for taxiway project design and airport master plan updates.

- Prentiss-Jefferson Davis County Airport: $74,500 for airport apron rehabilitation and airport master plan updates.

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