Owensboro, Muhlenberg airports to receive grant funds


WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) – The US Department of Transportation announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will award $477 million in airport infrastructure grants.

The following Kentucky airports will receive grants:

  • Taylor County Airport in Campbellsville, $197,000 – grant funds will be used to construct a taxiway and acquire land for airport development.
  • Gene Snyder Airport in Falmouth, $150,000 – grant funds will be used to conduct an environmental study.
  • Muhlenberg County Airport in Greenville, $205,000 – grant funds will be used to improve airport drainage and remove obstructions.
  • London-Corbin Magee Field Airport in Greenville, $1.9 million – grant funds will be used to rehabilitate a runway.
  • Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport in Owensboro, $737,760 – grant funds will be used to rehabilitate a runway.
  • Sparta, $9 million – grant funds will be used to construct a new airport in Sparta.

The transportation department said there will be a total of 276 grants to 264 airports in 44 states, the Pacific Islands, and the District of Columbia. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao made the announcement of a third round of airport improvement grants on Tuesday. They’re part of $3.8 billion earmarked for airport infrastructure projects.

The FAA said the money will improve airport safety and create jobs.

Lawmakers said where the money ends up, it’s a boost to local economies and travelers.

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(This story was originally published on July 9, 2019)

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