Grider Field gets $232,200 rehab grant

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $232,000 to Grider Field at Pine Bluff as part of the airport’s ongoing improvement program.

The funding will be used this summer to rehabilitate a portion of the airport apron where plans are parked, loaded and refueled, said Doug Hale, manager of Grider Field.

The airport used FAA grants in recent years to refurbish its runway and taxiway. This year’s plan is to fix the asphalt section of the apron. The concrete section will be done next year, Hale said.

“We will get started on the project in late July or August,” he said.

The grant was announced Monday by members of the Arkansas congressional delegation. Four airports in Arkansas are receiving FAA safety and operation improvement grants totaling more than $3 million.

The grants include: $372,731 for Sheridan Municipal Airport, $2,486,293 for Fort Smith Regional Airport and $225,023 for Pocahontas Municipal Airport.