Cochran &Wicker Secured Original $1.0 Million in FY2010 Funding for Runway Rehab

August 24, 2010

WASHINGTON, D. C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making an additional $1.89 million available to rehabilitate a runway at the Mid-Delta Regional Airport in Greenville, Miss.

The new FAA funding—consisting of $1.86 million in discretionary funding and $25,280 in entitlement funding—will supplement the $1.0 million in congressionally-directed spending secured last year by Cochran and Wicker for the city of Greenville for Phase 2 rehabilitation of Runway 18R/36L at the Mid-Delta Regional Airport.

“I am pleased the FAA is providing the city of Greenville with the resources to complete this project, which will make the airport better suited to serve commercial and general aviation in the Delta,” said Cochran, who serves as vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“This additional funding is great news for the people and businesses of the Delta,” said Wicker. “The completion of the runway renovations will increase efficiency at the airport and help improve safety for travelers.”

The FAA indicated that the additional Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding was “based on the funding required to complete the rehabilitation of the runway” at the commercial air service airport in Washington County.  As such, the FAA is providing a total of $2.89 million for this project to extend the useful life of the runway pavement.

The AIP funding is provided to support infrastructure development projects that will improve operational safety and efficiency at local airport facilities.