MOBILE, Ala. — An airport in southwest Alabama has received nearly a $5 million grant to pay for runway improvements and firefighting equipment.

Mobile Regional Airport received the grant, Al.com reports .

Rep. Bradley Byrne said in a news release that the new grant of $4,894,290 will go toward the “rehabilitation” of runway 15/33 to “maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris.” He said the grant will also pay for a replacement aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle and upgrades to the runway 15/33 lighting system.

The airport was given $3,425,440 in May, totaling $8,319,730 so far this year.

The grant puts the Mobile airport behind Huntsville International Airport, which received $6,495,151 in May. It was designated for the construction of a new taxiway, and $3,706,792 in July, for a new interactive training system and other upgrades. Those two grants total $10,201,943.

Auburn University Regional Airport received $3 million for taxiway improvements and Montgomery Regional Airport received $3.6 million for fencing, access and runway work.

The airports in Alexander, Bay Minette, Dothan, Eufala and Fayette received grants of between $1.2 million and $1.6 million each.

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