Blue Grass Airport unveils new runway

jhewlett@herald-leader.comAugust 5, 2010 

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Gov. Steve Beshear, second from left, spoke to FAA regional administrator Doug Murphy during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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A ribbon-cutting was held Wednesday for Blue Grass Airport's new general aviation runway, part of more than $66 million in improvements undertaken at the Lexington airport during the past two years.

The runway, 4,000 feet long and 75 feet wide, was funded with $27 million in federal, state and airport money. The runway is for use by private and corporate aircraft.

There are still final touches to be made, so planes probably won't use the runway until late August or early September, airport spokesman Brian Ellestad said.

The new runway replaces a 3,500-foot runway, and its location will provide ample space for much-needed aircraft parking and hangar development, airport officials say.

Bobby Owens, chairman of the board that oversees the airport, said general aviation accounts for about 65 percent of operations at the airport. He said the new runway will enhance safety for "lighter corporate and private aircraft" in crosswinds.

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