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City breaks ground on new airport
City breaks ground on new airport

What:   Conway will officially break ground on a new airport in the Lollie Bottoms area.  FAA officials, city officials and members of the Arkansas federal delegation will be on hand for event. The project is expected to cost more than $20 million and take 4-5 years.

When: Friday, April 22, 2011 – 11 am

Where: Lollie Road, Conway, Ark.

- From Interstate 40 take exit 129 (Dave Ward Drive Exit).  Travel west on Dave Ward Drive for 6.25 miles.

- Turn left on Lollie Road.  The airport event is 4+ miles down Lollie Road. You will make a right turn at the 2.5 mile mark and a left at the 3 mile mark,  but you will remain on Lollie Road.

- Total distance from the interstate is 10.6 miles (approx 15+ minutes)

Who:     Mayor Tab Townsell, US Rep. Tim Griffin, US Senator Mark Pryor, FAA Southwest Region Administrator Teri Bruner, Community Leaders

The City of Conway has been working to replace its current airport for more than a decade.  The current airport has serious life safety issues related to runway length and adjacent land use.  An accident with 2 fatalities occurred in 2007 due to an aircraft overshooting the runway and hitting a house.  A similar incident with fatality took place in 1990. This groundbreaking marks the “end of the beginning” to a very long process.

For more information, please contact Jamie Gates at 501-514-3305.