County airport gets federal FAA grant

Special to the Eagle
Posted 7/20/18

The Walker County Commission has obtained a $135,000 federal grant for improvements at Walker County-Bevill Field Airport. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby announced the grant in a release on …

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County airport gets federal FAA grant

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The Walker County Commission has obtained a $135,000 federal grant for improvements at Walker County-Bevill Field Airport. 

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby announced the grant in a release on Thursday.

The improvements are for "updates to the airport master plan narrative report and airport layout plans," according to the release. 

County Engineer Mike Short told the Daily Mountain Eagle on Thursday said the funds would be used as part of studies in determining the feasibility of "extending the runway a substantial amount" which could help bring more travel into the airport.

"We have several factors that limit us," the said. "One is Langley Road on the east end and Blackwater Creek on the west end. They are trying to figure out how much we could extend it and at what cost." 

Shelby said in the release that 25 local airports throughout Alabama will benefit from more than $25.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation for various airport improvements to support infrastructure construction, safety advances, and equipment acquisition. 

“These FAA grants support critical projects that aim to improve safety, security, and efficiency of airports across the state,” Shelby said. “Airport infrastructure plays a vital role in economic growth and development in Alabama, and I look forward to the progress that will stem from these grants.”

The grants – which range from $7.08 million for the Mobile Downtown Airport to $94,500 for the Thomas C. Russell Field Airport in Alexander City – are funded through the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and federal appropriations.

Shelby chairs the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which unanimously approved the FY2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill last month.