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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham announces $1.8 million for Monroe airport

August 24, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Wednesday that the Monroe Regional Airport will receive more than $1.8 million in grant funding from the Department of Transportation.

The total grant amount is worth  $1,822,753. The money will fund drainage improvements at the airport that are necessary to adequately handle storm water runoff.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen flooding throughout Louisiana this year, including in Monroe. We need to make all the investments we can toward improving our flood mitigation abilities so that when heavy rains come again, we are better able to move water and keep vital pieces of infrastructure, like the airport, open for business. I appreciate the DOT’s grant award and Mayor Jamie Mayo’s administration for its continued efforts toward improving the airport,” Dr. Abraham said.

Mayor Mayo said, “We are thankful for the hard work and support of Congressman Abraham and our entire federal delegation to help secure over $1.8 million in U.S. DOT funding for our airport.  The drainage improvements these funds will allow us to make is the latest long-term enhancement project that will make our new terminal sustainable for many years to come."

Airport director Ron Phillips added, “These drainage improvements are very important for passenger safety and our ability to operate during and after heavy rain events.  We are pleased to receive the $1.8 million dollars in grant funding from the Department of Transportation for the Airport Drainage Project.  We would like to thank Congressman Abraham for his assistance in securing these funds for the Monroe Regional Airport.”