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Cole Applauds DOT’s Award of Infrastructure Grants in Ardmore

July 2, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) provided notification that two infrastructure projects in the City of Ardmore, located in Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District, will receive nearly $2.5 million in grant funding between two infrastructure projects.

The Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport will receive $1.725 million, which will be used to install a partial overlay of the taxiway and installation of LED lights on the taxiway, on the runway holding position guidance signs and on precision approach path indicators. In addition, the Ardmore Industrial Airpark will receive $700,000 to rehabilitate the surface of the long runway and upgrade the lighting on the taxiway at the Ardmore Airpark.

“I am delighted to hear that the U.S. Department of Transportation has selected two key air transportation projects in Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District to receive nearly $2.5 million in grant funding,” said Cole. “The Ardmore Industrial Airpark and Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport are critical air infrastructure installations in South Central Oklahoma. By supporting safety and visibility improvements, these awards will help attract more aircraft to the area and ultimately strengthen and potentially grow the surrounding communities.”

“We are very pleased to receive the Department of Transportation discretionary grant for the Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport. The City of Ardmore has worked with our Airport Advisory Board for many years to try to prioritize and provide funding for small improvements as funding for the projects became available. This project would not be considered a small improvement by us. The work included in this DOT grant will allow us to enhance the other work that is currently underway due to funding we received from the FAA and OAC. The grant funding will make a huge difference for the safety of the local pilots and those who fly in to visit Ardmore. Having a high-quality local airport is a key asset in any growing community. Many of our local pilots depend on this smaller airport as their ‘home base’ for business trips and personal trips all over the United States,” said Kevin Boatright, City Manager of Ardmore.

“I am proud to receive this grant for the rehabilitation of our long runway at the Airpark. It was included in our five year capital investment plan that is coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. It provides us with essential resources to ensure that our runways and other air assets are safe and improve our ability to attract additional aircraft. It is a great example of the partnership between the Ardmore Development Authority, the City of Ardmore, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and the FAA,” said Mita Bates, President & CEO of the Ardmore Development Authority.