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story.lead_photo.caption Texarkana Regional Airport will receive about $1 million in stimulus funds from President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief bill.

TEXARKANA, Ark. — The groundbreaking for the $34 million passenger terminal planned for Texarkana Regional Airport is set for 11 a.m. June 12.

Airport officials hope to have the project complete around 2024, said Paul Mehrlich, executive director of aviation.

Airport Authority Board members set the groundbreaking date and time at their meeting Thursday morning.

The new terminal has been in the planning stages for at least 15 years.

Once the terminal is complete, they will look at possibly extending the airport's primary runway from 6,000 feet to about 9,000 feet in length to accommodate commercial cargo fights in addition to existing commercial passenger flights.

Along with business cargo, airport officials are also looking at buying and developing 38 acres of nearby land to develop commercially to help support the air cargo industry.

Check back later today for expanded coverage at texarkanagazette.com.

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