Folsom Field To Receive Grant for Taxiway Reconstruction

Cullman Regional Airport aka Folsom Field is one of twenty-five Alabama airports that will receive a portion of a $25.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants. The $450,000 grant was awarded this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Cullman Regional Airport is a joint venture between the City and County of Cullman, Alabama. Beginning in the mid to late 1950’s land was purchased to build a runway. The land was purchased from the Thompson, Drake, and Thornton families. Then Governor Jim (Big Jim) Folsom, a Cullman Native was very much a supporter of the project. The Field was named in his honor as Folsom Field. Ben Harrison is the General Manager.

The grant itself will fund various airport improvements to support infrastructure construction, safety advances, and equipment acquisition.

According to U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R) Tuscaloosa:

“These FAA grants support critical projects that aim to improve safety, security, and efficiency of airports across the state. Airport infrastructure plays a vital role in economic growth and development in Alabama, and I look forward to the progress that will stem from these grants.”

The grants are funded through the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and federal appropriations.

In addition to Pryor Field, the grants will support the following airport projects in Alabama:

Mobile Downtown Airport, Mobile Airport Authority
$7 million for taxiway reconstruction, runway rehabilitation, and installation of a new taxiway lighting system.

MacCrenshaw Memorial Airport, city of Greenville
$3 million for runway reconstruction.

H.L. Callahan Airport, city of Fairhope
$3 million for construction of an additional taxiway and access taxiways.

Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, City of Tuscaloosa
$2,652,600 for apron rehabilitation and a master plan study.

Lanett Municipal Airport, City of Lanett
$1,717,830 for construction of a runway and installation of a new runway lighting system.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Birmingham Airport Authority
$1,417,500 for erosion repair, safety equipment acquisition, sign installation, and taxiway rehabilitation.

Headland Municipal Airport, city of Headland
$990,000 for construction of an additional taxiway.

Auburn University Regional Airport, Auburn University
$832,500 for taxiway rehabilitation.

Enterprise Municipal Airport, city of Enterprise
$653,140 for taxiway rehabilitation.

Pryor Field Regional Airport in Tanner
$495,900 from a federal grant for taxiway lighting reconstruction.

Carl Folsom Airport, Elba Airport Authority
$446,998 for construction a 7,200-square-foot hangar

 

Folsom Field To Receive Grant for Taxiway Reconstruction

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