By Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Twelve Arkansas airports have been awarded more than $3 million from the Department of Transportation to support facility upgrades and expansions.

The federal funding was announced Friday by U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Congressmen Rick Crawford and Bruce Westerman. The money will pay for taxiway lighting, drainage system improvements, fencing and runway rehabilitation, among other upgrades.

Crawford says the improvements will encourage economic growth and increase connectivity throughout the state.

The facilities receiving funds are Almyra Municipal Airport, Blytheville Municipal Airport, Carlisle Municipal Airport, Danville Municipal Airport, the J. Lynn Helms Sevier County Airport, Hope Municipal Airport, Jonesboro Municipal Airport and Lake Village Municipal Airport.

Also, the Melbourne Municipal-John E Miller Field, Baxter County Airport, Kirk Field and Walnut Ridge Regional Airport will receive funding.

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