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Higgins Announces Nearly $2.3 Million For Third District Airports

July 13, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial Airport, Crowley Le Gros Memorial Airport, Jennings Airport, and Lake Charles Regional Airport will receive nearly $2.3 million in combined funding to rehabilitate and improve airport structures at each site.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded four grants, totaling a combined $2,294,110.

“Local airports are critical to economic and industrial activity in South Louisiana. Travelers, farmers, offshore energy workers, and recreational pilots all depend on our regional and municipal airports,” said Rep. Higgins. “I am proud to announce this funding that will provide much needed infrastructure improvements and ensure that our community airports remain safe and continue to expand.”

The FAA has awarded the City of Abbeville funding totaling $300,000, that finances the construction of a 1,000 foot taxilane to provide increased access to aircraft hangars at the Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial Airport.

The Acadia Parish Police Jury received funding totaling $360,433. This project will finance the rehabilitation of 15,000 square yards of the existing terminal apron to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement at the Le Gros Memorial Airport.

The FAA awarded $595,890 to the Jefferson Davis Airport Commission District Number 1. The project will fund mill and overlay of 5,000 feet of Runway 13/31 to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris at the Jennings Airport.

Airport Authority District Number 1 in Calcasieu Parish will also receive funds, totaling $1,037,787, that finance 1,500 feet of sanitary sewer connector improvements to eliminate ponding on the airfield that could create potential wildlife hazards. The project is phase one of a two-phase effort at the Lake Charles Regional Airport.

“I want to thank each of the mayors, parish presidents, police jurors, and airport administrators whose efforts and diligence helped secure the additional funding,” said Rep. Higgins. “Their advocacy for each of their respective projects was crucial to getting this thing done.”