LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville’s historic Bowman Field has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration to improve safety and infrastructure at the airport.
The funding is part of $898.9 million in nationwide projects awarded through the FY2021 Airport Improvement Program. This total includes $113.5 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan, which will be used to award all grants at a 100% federal share. This ensures that airports hit hard by the pandemic will be able to receive AIP grants without having to come up with their matching portion.
The grant will be used to make improvements to Bowman Field’s airfield lighting with upgrades to the existing lighting vault and updates for the airport’s navigational aids. These projects are part of ongoing modernization efforts at the airport.
The American Rescue Plan funding will be used to cover $150,000 of the total $1.5 million costs for the project.
Established in 1919, Bowman Field is one of the longest continuously operating general aviation airports in the United States.