City of Vicksburg gets $159,000 in infrastructure funds for airport

Published 2:18 pm Monday, December 20, 2021

The city of Vicksburg is getting $159,000 in federal funds from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure package, according to information from U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s office.

The money is part of an initial allocation of about $19.86 million in infrastructure money for the state that is distributed among 63 airports across Mississippi for repairs and improvements.

The city in the past has received grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport improvements but the money was directed toward specific projects like a recently completed runway drainage project.

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The infrastructure money can be used for any capital project like runway construction and rehabilitation, taxiway construction and rehabilitation, apron construction and rehabilitation, lighting, signage, drainage and land acquisition.

“I want to commend (South Ward) Alderman (Alex) Monsour; he’s been working on that tirelessly,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. “This will allow us to move forward with some major improvements to the airport and create more availability from the airport and to the airport.”

Vicksburg Airport Director Ron Davis said he plans to meet with Keafur Grimes of Barge Designs of Nashville, Tenn., the city’s airport consultant, about potential projects. He said renovating two hangars at the airport is the priority.

“We can use that money for anything we want but it’s got to go toward capital improvements, which is what it will be used for,” Davis said. “I really want to get my hangars redone and start making the airport look nice.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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