BEREA, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear last week announced his recommendation that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approve a more than $1 million infrastructure project for the City of Berea.
The $1,024,800 project, if approved, would extend wastewater collection and treatment service to the Central Kentucky Regional Airport.
Existing water and sewer systems at the airport cannot support the anticipated future transportation needs in Central Kentucky, hampering the facility’s critical role in the economic development of the region. The need for upgrades is exacerbated by the presence of the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Aviation Program’s flight school at the airport. EKU will soon create an aviation mechanic school that will utilize airport facilities, further taxing the current systems.
The project includes the construction of 12,000 linear feet of 4-inch sewer lines, two new manholes, and 12,000 linear feet of 8-inch water lines. The result will be a substantial increase in water capacity as well as an improvement in fire protection for the facility.
The city’s application for this project was submitted to ARC through the Department for Local Government (DLG), which administers ARC funding at the state level.
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