HLRA one of 35 airports in state getting new federal grants

HLRA one of 35 airports in state getting new federal grants

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport will use a new federal grant to improve general aviation service.

The grant, totaling $762,587, is coming from the Dept. of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program and is part of $10 million in grants to 35 different Mississippi airports.

Tom Heanue, director of the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Aiport, said it will fund the construction of a new hangar taxiway.

"This taxiway is probably at the right time we needed it," Heanue said. "It's going to allow us to expand for future development.We at least get the ground work down where the taxiway is and the dirt prep around it and the drainage and then after that, we'll just start building hangars as the need is there for aircraft wishing to base here."

Other Pine Belt airports receiving Dept. of Transportation grants are as follows:

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

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

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

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