Gadsden Airport awarded grant for pavement improvement


Gadsden Mayor Craig Ford announced the Gadsden Airport has been awarded $238,739 in state grant funds to improve its taxi lane and apron pavement. The City of Gadsden applied for the funds in February, and Governor Kay Ivey’s office notified the mayor of the award last week.

“We are aggressively pursuing funds and partnerships to improve our airport,” said Ford. “Right now, we are wrapping up a $1.3 million runway crack seal and seal coat project funded by federal grant dollars, and this taxi lane and apron pavement improvement project goes hand-in-hand with that as we improve the infrastructure and service experience for pilots flying in and out of Gadsden.”

The funding comes through the Alabama Department of Transportation’s (ALDOT) Aeronautics Bureau and involves a local match of $79,580 for a total project cost of $318,319.

Gadsden Airport Manager Anthony Tarver worked with engineering firm Goodwyn Mills Cawood and city staff to complete the grant application in partnership with ALDOT.

The Gadsden Airport is a general aviation airport serving pilots and business leaders needing to travel throughout northeast Alabama.

To learn more, visit or contact the airport at 256-442-3313. Visitors can stop by the fixed-base operation facility at 185 Ira Gray Drive, Gadsden, Alabama 35904.

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