U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) has announced that two airports in our area as well as three others in the state will get $20.8 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants.

Franklin Field in Union Springs is scheduled to receive $3,866,048 for construction of a runway.  Vaiden Field in Marion will get $2,262,634 for the continuation of construction on a parallel taxiway.

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation for various airport improvements to support infrastructure construction, safety advances and equipment acquisition.