LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2012) — Blue Grass Airport has been awarded a $2.74 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to reimburse the airport for the construction of its new runway, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.
The grant also will fund the design and construction for the widening of Taxiway F from 50 to 75 feet to meet FAA design standards.
The majority of the funds awarded to Blue Grass Airport will be applied to the completed improvements on the airport’s 4,000-foot runway, used by private and corporate general aviation aircraft, airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The runway was designed to be safer for general aviation aircraft in crosswinds.
The remaining money from the grant will be used to help widen taxiways, the paper said. The project, which is expected to be finished by the end of this year, will allow the airport to accommodate more aircraft.
Wayne County Airport in Monticello also received an FAA grant of $373,760 to relocate the existing fuel tanks between its terminal building and aircraft parking area. The relocation includes replacing one of the fuel tanks. The project will alleviate aircraft ground movement congestion during refueling operations, the governor said.
The grant also will fund a runway obstruction study to identify obstructions in the runway approach and provide an estimated cost for future mitigation.
“Across the commonwealth, our airports are invaluable assets for economic development, commerce and passenger travel,” Beshear said. “Keeping our airports safe and up to date is vital to our economy and quality of life, and FAA funding is indispensable for that purpose.”