By Jack Gurner
WASHINGTON – Water Valley Municipal Airport is one of more than 30 Mississippi airport facilities that will benefit from $8.6 million in federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Water Valley will receive $138,684 for runway and taxiway rehabilitation, according to an announcement last Friday by U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker.
“This grant funding will help strengthen Mississippi’s aviation infrastructure and improve safety at our local airports,” said Wicker.
Street Department Supervisor Mike Scroggins, who serves as Airport Manager, said that the grant money would be used to resurface the runway and apron area and to repaint the runway markings. “It’s part of our five year plan for the airport.”
Among the projects completed at the Water Valley Airport with federal grant money are the lighting system and a security fence.
The most recent grant derives from funding Congress approved in the FY2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The Federal Aviation Administration oversees the AIP grant distribution.
The Water Valley Municipal Airport is located three miles northwest of the city and uses the FAA Identifier “33M”.