Blue Grass Airport to build $15 million maintenance complex

ctruman@herald-leader.comSeptember 2, 2014 

The Blue Grass Airport's $15 million, 63,000- square-foot maintenance complex will house snow-removal equipment as well as a firehouse.

Blue Grass Airport is breaking ground this month on a $15 million maintenance and snow-removal equipment complex.

The project, which is part of a taxiway safety enhancement program expected to conclude in 2018, is to be completed by fall 2015, airport officials announced Tuesday.

The 63,000-square-foot building, to house the airport's 23 pieces of snow-removal equipment, will be built near the southwest corner of Aviator Road. Also new will be a public safety/firehouse.

Airport director Eric Frankl said the changes will help the airport "operate more efficiently, more safely. That's good for our community."

The improvements are part of the airport's 2013 master plan.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, said that given that the airport is home to 300,000 visitors and travelers every year, safety is crucial.

"There is a return on investment to these dollars," he said, and the airport is "a critical part of our Central Kentucky economy and our culture."

Future projects are to include realignment of a taxiway to simplify the airport runway system.

Cheryl Truman: (859) 231-3202. Twitter: @CherylTruman.

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