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Airport gets $1 million grant
from The Concordia Sentinel
September 21, 2017 -

The Concordia Parish Airport Authority has received a $1 million grant to rehabilitate the runway and a taxiway on airport property.

Airport Authority Chairman Carl Sayers made the announcement this week, noting that the $1,009,458 in grant funding will be used specifically for upgrades on Runway 14/32 and Taxiway A.

He said the Federal Aviation Administration grant offer will provide funding representing 90 percent of the total $1,121,620 needed. The Louisiana State Department of Transportation, Aviation Division will provide the additional 10 percent or $112,162.00.

Sayers said the Runway and Taxiway Rehabilitation will consist of mill removing 3,700 feet of existing runway and 1,300 feet of existing taxiway asphalt that is cracked, patched and has reached the end of its useful life. A new asphalt mixture 2-inch to 4-inch in thickness will be applied and compressed.

Sayers said this would provide a new and smooth runway surface for safe take-off and landings and a new taxiway surface. New reflective paint markings will be applied along with solar powered centerline reflectors.

The grant offer, Sayers noted, is based upon the receipt of three bids on August 9, 2017 with the low bidder being W.E. Blain and Sons, Inc. in the amount of $1,025,909.75. The second highest bidder was TL Construction, LLC at $1,106,950.00. The highest bidder was D&J Construction, LLC at $1,147,833.00.

Sayers said W.E. Blain and Sons, Inc. is “an experienced contractor based in Natchez and is being awarded the contract. Local labor, equipment and material will be used in this project.”

Concordia Parish Airport is a local general aviation airport and is in the FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

Sayers said the Airport Authority offered its appreciation to U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy for his support in obtaining federal funds for this project.

More grants will be sought in order to make needed airport improvements, Sayers said, noting: “A safe and well maintained airport is the first and last impression any corporate executive or visitor will see as they visit Concordia Parish in search of viable economic development or to visit our historic area.”

The Concordia Parish Airport currently has 25 aircraft based at the airport and these planes use it regularly.


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