Friday, August 30, 2019

$6.7M granted to improve runway

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has been awarded a grant of $6,727,759 for the Trent Lott International Airport Runway Improvements project. It's part of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), which provides funding for Gulf Coast states affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. MDEQ will subaward the project to the Jackson County Airport Authority to support engineering and design, surveying, permitting, and construction. The improvements will allow the airport to accommodate medium and large cargo planes used by local industries. "Trent Lott International Airport already is home to world class manufacturing at Northrop Grumman’s manned and unmanned systems facility," said George Freeland, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, "but Jackson County remains focused on strategic improvements that position this community for continued growth in the aviation sector.” (Source: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, 08/30/19) The airport is in Moss Point, Miss.