Monroe Airport Gets $1.8M Grant To Fund Runway Extension


MONROE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana airport is getting a federal grant to help extend a runway.

The News-Star reports the Federal Aviation Administration announced this week that it will award a $1.8 million infrastructure grant to Monroe Regional Airport. The facility's manager, Ron Phillips, says the project should begin this fall.

The grant is part of a $3.18 billion airport improvement program that provides funding for projects across the nation and will pay for runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals.

In October, the city said the extension of the secondary runway will allow the airport to better accommodate flights when the primary runway is closed. During past closures, it has been necessary for flights to either reduce passenger load or divert to another airport when a closure occurs.

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