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Kentucky airports receive $94.5M in infrastructure grants; CVG awarded $45 million for repairs


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories.

“This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19,” said Chao.

Elaine Chao

The Department is awarding federal grants to the following airports in the state of Kentucky:

• $1,433,333 for Addington Field in Elizabethtown to install perimeter fencing.

• $166,666 for Kentucky Dam State Park Airport in Gilbertsville to rehabilitate a runway.

• $45,029,120 for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron to reconstruct and rehabilitate a taxiway and rehabilitate a runway and taxilane.

• $833,333 for Hancock Co-Ron Lewis Field in Lewisport to rehabilitate runway and taxiway lighting.

• $3,982,358 for Blue Grass Airport in Lexington to rehabilitate a runway and taxiway and improve a safety area.

• $24,093,095 to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport to rehabilitate a runway, taxiway, and taxiway lighting, reconstruct a taxiway, and for noise mitigation measures.

• $400,000 for Middlesboro-Bell County Airport to acquire land for development.

• $16,313,391 for Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah for a terminal building and aircraft parking area construction.

• $2,293,307 for Sparta to construct a new airport.

“The 434 AIP grants will fund critical airport infrastructure projects around the country,” said FAA administrator Stephen Dickson.

Since January of 2017, the Trump administration delivered $13.5 billion to America’s airports to improve infrastructure and safety. In 2020, the administration delivered $10 billion in economic assistance to America’s airports during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

A complete listing of grants (PDF) and an interactive map of airports receiving funding is available on the FAA website.

From Federal Aviation Administration


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