- Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2016

HIGHFILL, Ark. (AP) - Officials with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport have finalized a bond issue to build a new parking deck.

The contract for the new, 1,400-space parking deck has a maximum cost of $35 million. On Wednesday, airport officials agreed to a $25 million bond issue for the project, and officials say the remaining $10 million will come from money the airport has in reserve.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2ic7D78 ) that construction of the parking deck is expected to reduce short-term parking spaces from 491 to 274 next year.

Population and business growth in northwest Arkansas has led to more activity at the airport in Highfill. Earlier this month, American Airlines announced plans for a new nonstop flight between northwest Arkansas and Washington, D.C.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com

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